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Frequently Asked Questions

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First-generation is defined by the U.S. Department of Education as any students whose parents, both mother and father, natural or adoptive, have not graduated from a four-year institution of higher education.

Low-income status is based upon guidelines published annually by the U.S. Department of Education. The term "low-income individual" means a person whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

The following ethnic and racial groups are considered under-represented by the U.S. Department of education: Black (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.


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