College persistence stories of low income, first-generation students Public Deposited

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  • Low income, first-generation college students face many barriers in their pursuit of a college degree. As a result, the retention rates for this student population have traditionally been lower than for other student populations. In order to support the persistence of this student population it is important to study the experiences of those students who are persisting in college. This study explores the college experiences of seven low income, first-generation students who are persisting in college, in order to better understand how university faculty and staff can better support degree attainment for this student population. This qualitative study addresses the question, "What are the experiences of persisting low income, first-generation students during their enrollment in college?" The study also addresses the two secondary questions, "What factors contribute to low income, first-generation student persistence?" and "How can their university better support low income, first-generation students to graduation?" This study explores the emerging themes of the challenges this student population faces and their personal drive and motivation to persist in college, as well as experiences with advising and orientation, academic support resources, and non-academic support resources. The end result of this study is a set of suggestions for how university faculty and staff can provide resources to better support low income, first-generation students in their college persistence.
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