Information for First-Generation, Low Income Students

Penn offers a generous program of need-based financial aid and a strong commitment to ensuring access to a Penn education for qualified students from all social and economic backgrounds.

The Penn First Plus Program (P1P) provides a hub of resources, programs, and support for undergraduate students who are the first in their families to attend college and/or have lower-to-modest financial means. P1P collaborates with academic programs, individual faculty members, and student services and centers across the University to make more accessible and inclusive the many opportunities provided by a Penn education, including funding support; individualized advising and advocacy for students; educational workshops for students, faculty, and staff; and initiatives to make more transparent the resources available to students.

Working closely with P1P, the First-Generation, Low-Income (FGLI) Program is housed at the Greenfield Intercultural Center. This program provides a supportive and inclusive environment to facilitate community-building and a sense of belonging at Penn for students from low-income backgrounds who are the first in their families to attend college. In partnership with departments across campus, the FGLI Program provides personal coaching, and varied student support services. In collaboration with student organizations, staff also assist in developing co-curricular initiatives, as well as, exposure to leadership and career opportunities to enhance the overall student experience. You can find more information on FGLI Program initiatives on the Vice Provost for University Life website.