Framingham State Partners With National Nonprofit In Support Of Low-Income, First-Generation College Students

Framingham State Partners With National Nonprofit In Support Of Low-Income, First-Generation College Students

Oct 25, 2016

Framingham State University has partnered with nonprofit Strive for College to strengthen college opportunities for low-income, first-generation college students. By becoming a Strive for College Partner, FSU gains access to resources that will promote and strengthen our campus programs and support services for these students.

“FSU has seen an increase in the number of first-generation and low-income students enrolling at the University in recent years,” says President F. Javier Cevallos. “It is critical that we do everything we can to support these students and ensure they succeed.”

An estimated 24 percent of students enrolled in college are low-income, first-generation college students. But only 10 percent of these students earn a bachelor's degree six years out from high school.

“The alarming dropout rate among first-gen college students illustrates the importance of programs that promote better college opportunities for these students,” says Strive for College founder and CEO Michael J. Carter, “Alongside schools like Framingham State University, we aim to change this trend.”

Strive for College’s I'm First! program provides numerous resources to educators and students alike. For College Partners, there is a learning community where colleagues can share best-practices and model successful programs for recruiting and retaining first-generation college students. For students, features student videos, blogs and advice, and is an information hub where students can research and connect with colleges like Framingham State. The site also features a collection of YouTube video stories from first-generation college students and graduates, like First Lady Michelle Obama, that inspire and offer advice to the next generation of students.

In addition to I’m First! programs, Strive for College’s virtual mentoring program connects aspiring college students with dedicated mentors to receive one-on-one guidance and support through the college admissions and financial aid application process. Strive’s custom-built technology platform has advanced communications features like video chat and data-powered college matching tools. Framingham State is helping to mobilize mentors from the campus community and alumni network to assist students.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.