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Changes to federal higher education policy that simplify financial aid and make better information available to students will help more Americans afford college and complete a postsecondary credential or degree.
The First Lady Speaks about her new plan action for increasing college opportunity for low-income and disadvantaged students.
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A panel of experts points out the advantages of first-gen students having a highly-visible role model and made some valuable suggestions for how the First Lady could sharpen her policy focus on first-gen college success.
How families with students who will be the first to go to college make it happen.
Michelle Obama
In November, first lady Michelle Obama shared her experience as a first-generation college student and announced a more active role in helping low-income students get to and through college. Ten experts, some of them first gens themselves, offer their reactions.
The average school counselor in the United States has a caseload of 471 students.
Michelle Obama
The First Lady announced a focus on improving college completion among first-generation and low-income students. What should she focus on?
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Expert Ben Castleman on ways to engage first-generation students once they are in college.
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This report from ACT, Inc. and the Council for Opportunity in Education examines the college and career readiness of first-generation college students in the U.S.

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