Three Ways to Keep More Low-Income and First-Generation Students in College

By Tina Fernandez, Latinos for Education

As universities open across the nation – some for in-person classes and others for virtual or hybrid learning – I worry about how our low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented college students will achieve success during this unprecedented school year. College success was challenging for these groups of students even before the COVID-19 pandemic, but now barriers have multiplied and resources have dwindled. These challenges directly impact the majority of my organization’s beneficiaries, Achieve Atlanta Scholars—graduates of Atlanta Public Schools who are now enrolled in college.

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