About us


First Generation University understands that earning a formal collegiate education does not end with the admissions process, and seeks to empower first generation college students, and their families, with information that will help first generation students complete a bachelor’s degree. While academic preparation is a large part of the battle, engaging a new environment without knowledge of how the systems of higher education operate may leave even the most exceptional first generation college student in the dark. First Generation University seeks to demystify the various layers of higher education, and shed light on the crystal stair to success.

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  1. Hi First Generation University,

    My name is Hajar Ahmed and I’m currently working with North Carolina college students to collect signatures for a petition calling on the UNC Board of Governors to cap student debt, not financial aid. This is in response to the Board’s recent cap on financial aid at UNC colleges.

    Can First Generation University help sign this petition and share it through any mailing lists you all may have? We hope you can help as this financial aid policy will immediately affect current and future students at six North Carolina colleges and those students will likely have to face bigger loans because of the cap on financial aid. The policy will also disproportionately affect low-income and minority students, many of whom rely on strong levels of institutional financial aid. Hence, affecting First Generation Universities mission to empower first generation college students and their families with information that will help students complete a bachelors degree.

    For some background on me, I helped lead a successful grassroots effort last year at the University of Virginia where we got our governing board to reinvest $8 million into our financial aid program. I’m now trying to help students do the same in North Carolina.

    Please let me know if you are able to help in any way, including additional suggestions or resources to help students spread the word. There are also other ways in which you can help in addition to promoting the petition. If this is something of interest to you, please let me know and we can chat further. You can reach me by email at hajar.ahmed@edreformnow.org or 571-213-8979.


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