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TAMU at Galveston

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The F1RST program is a four-year comprehensive learning community program for first-generation, Texas residents. During the first year of the program, students live in a living-learning community. The program teaches students college success skills, personal skills, career and internship preparation, and leadership skills while building social and academic connections and belongingness to the campus. The goal of the F1RST program is to increase retention and success rates for first-generation, low-income students. If the student qualifies for financial aid (FAFSA on file, Texas resident, first-generation, family AGI of $50,000 or below) they may be eligible for a grant up to four-years totaling $20,000.

DELIVERY FORMAT: The program has a hybrid format.

PROGRAM SCALE: Large-scale (reaches more than 25 percent of its intended target population)


HOW TO ENROLL: Participants are contacted at the point of admissions eligibility about the opporutnity to join the learning community. Student then must apply. All eligible are welcome to join after intent application.

EVALUATION STATUS: R_27BBQbat14JLTvV_F1RST Program Presentation Data 2

PRELIMINARY OUTCOMES DATA: The average retention rate for students in F1RST at Galveston College from Fall 2018 to Fall 2020 was 63%, compared to a 60% retention rate for non-F1RST students.

DEPARTMENT(S) OVERSEEING PROGRAM: Center for Academic Learning Support at Texas A&M University - Galveston Campus

CONTACT FOR MORE INFO: Krista McBrien at kmcbrien@tamug.edu or 409-741-4353

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