First-Generation, Low-Income (FGLI) Program

Penn Compact 2020 illustrates the University's commitment to increasing access and diversity. Penn strives to meet the full financial need of traditional undergraduate students with an all-grant aid policy and is dedicated to strengthening financial aid for graduate and professional students.

Penn's First-Generation, Low-Income (FGLI) Program is housed at the Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC), part of the Division of the Vice Provost for University Life. This program provides a supportive and inclusive learning environment for highly-aided scholars who are the first in their families to attend college. Staff address students' academic, personal, and social transition needs while facilitating community-building and a sense of belonging at Penn.  In collaboration with departments across campus, the FGLI program provides advising and coaching along with leadership development experiences. The FGLI program welcomes all students who can benefit from this highly-personal engagement. Staff members are eager to celebrate these scholars and work with them to build on their talents as they navigate Penn. (For more information, contact Valerie DeCruz, DIrector of the Greenfield Intercultural Center, decruz@upenn.edu or 215-898-3358.)

In addition to the FGLI program, Penn offers additional resources and supports that may be helpful for low-income or first-generation students. This web page provides links to services, support, and administrative contacts to assist you with any concerns.

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Administrative Contacts

For discreet, personal assistance to share concerns or access resources, please contact:

Rev. Will Gipson, Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access, 215-898-0809

Valerie DeCruz, Director, Greenfield Intercultural Center, 215-898-3358.

Pamela Edwards, Director, Penn College Achievement Program (PENNCAP), 215-898-6440

Dr. Meeta Kumar, Associate Director, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), 215-898-7021

Patricia Rose, Director, Career Services, 215-898-3208

University President Amy Gutmann has personalized Penn's mission of inclusion by recalling how she was the first person in her financially-challenged family to attend college. Here, she discusses how her experiences as a first-generation scholarship student forever shaped her life. Below, watch First Lady Michelle Obama's "I'm First" video, in which she shares her story as a first-generation university student.