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Boyle Prioritizes Resources for First-Generation College Students

September 3, 2020
Press Release

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02), founder and chair of the Congressional First-Generation Student Caucus, successfully included report language to ensure the Department of Education will devote resources to first-generation college students in the upcoming fiscal year. Congressman Boyle’s report language was backed by 9 Members of Congress. 

“As a first-generation college student myself, I understand that being the first in your family to pursue higher education is a challenging and often daunting process,” said Congressman Boyle. “This population of students has grown over the past few years, but our education system still lacks the proper resources to address the unique needs of these students. It is time Congress helps create an education system that accommodates the modern student. I’m proud to have led this effort to devote specific resources for students who are far too often overlooked in the education landscape.” 

First-generation students make up 30% of the college population, but one in three will drop out of school early. Around 90% of first-generation students in low-income families will not graduate within six years. While there are programs in place designed to support first-generation students, there is a lack of sufficient resources to help them graduate.

A copy of the letter can be found here.