Emory resources for first-generation and/or low-income students

Emory Report | Nov. 3, 2020

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American Talent Initiative (ATI): Brings top colleges and universities together with philanthropy and research communities to expand access and opportunity for talented low- and moderate-income students. Coordinated through Emory’s Office of Financial Aid and Office of Undergraduate Affairs (OUA). Emory joined ATI in 2018, committing to attract, enroll and support more high-achieving, lower- and moderate-income students from before they arrive on campus to graduation and beyond.


Emory Advantage: Financial aid initiative that makes the cost of education more accessible and affordable. Families with financial need and incomes of $50,000 or less can receive a Loan Replacement Grant, which replaces the Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan normally found in a financial aid package. The eligible grant amount represents the student's loan self-help portion of the aid package. Funds may be used to cover educational expenses including tuition, room and board. 


Emory’s Cultural Overnight Recruitment Experience (CORE): A two-night/three-day, fall-visit program for prospective Emory students from first-gen and/or underrepresented cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Program accommodates 60-70 students; all expenses are paid.


Emory First-Gen Dinner: OUA co-sponsored dinner with first-gen undergraduates; opportunity for Emory first-gen staff and faculty to speak with students about their experiences.


Emory First-Gen Faculty Committee: Identifies areas where faculty can help support the first-gen community and to offer perspectives on students’ experience.


Emory First-Gen and Low Income (FGLI) University Committee: Established in 2020 to unite faculty, students and staff supporting FGLI students; includes representatives from all parts of the campus.


Emory First-Gen Office Hours: Regular office hours held to allow first-gen students to connect with OUA staff for support, mentorship and collaboration.


Emory First-Gen Week: Held in conjunction with National First-Gen Day to celebrate first-gen students. This year’s event will be Nov. 6-13 and will feature a variety of online panels, interviews and programs. Emory students, faculty and staff are asked to self-identify as first-gen and increase campus visibility.


Emory FLIP (First-Generation Low-Income Partnership): Fosters a community of support for first-gen and/or low-income students at Emory. FLIP is a national nonprofit established to promote equal opportunity for first-gen and low-income students in institutions of higher learning. Housed in Emory’s Department of Sociology; Professor Tim Dowd serves as faculty advisor.


Emory Grad FLIP (EGFLIP): Launched this summer. Aims to build a community of first-generation and low-income graduate students and alums across campus to improve educational, professional and lived experiences. Mentors undergraduate FLIP students to help promote and increase enrollment in graduate and professional education.


OxFirst: Oxford College’s first-gen student organization. Provides resources and hosts events to help strengthen first-gen and low-income communities.


QuestBridge: A national nonprofit program that identifies high-achieving, low-income students nationwide and connects them with the nation’s best colleges and universities. Emory’s OUA has partnered with QuestBridge since 2008. Eligible high school seniors interested in applying to Emory through QuestBridge must first apply for the QuestBridge National College Match program. 


QuestBridge Breakfast: OUA-sponsored breakfast held during QuestBridge Scholars Week for current QSN students and interviewees.


QuestBridge Scholars Network: Student-led organization — one of the nation’s largest chapters — that offers academic and social support to QuestBridge scholars on Emory’s Atlanta and Oxford College campuses. Former Emory QuestBridge scholar Julio Medina, now an assistant professor of dance, serves as faculty advisor.


STEM Pathways: Pre-orientation program provides support to natural science and mathematics students who are the first in their families to attend college or are in identity groups underrepresented in STEM fields. Introduces students to STEM opportunities and faculty at Emory and fosters a supportive community among participants and peer mentors. Supported by New Student Programs, Emory College of Arts and Sciences.


1915 Scholars Program: Provides information, mentoring and social support to first-gen and low-income students in order to address commonly encountered barriers. Supports peer and alumni mentoring, specialized orientation programs, academic workshops and community-building events through structured interactions with Campus Life, the Office of Undergraduate Education, the Emory Alumni Association and other campus support services. This program is now located in Belonging and Community Justice within Campus Life.