Talented students come to Penn from every part of the country and corner of the world. Some are from neighborhoods where going to college is not a given, or from families that can’t afford to pay tuition and expenses. Penn’s unflagging commitment to access is tearing down barriers with the largest grant-based financial aid program in the country.
While accepting the brightest students and making sure they can afford to attend is an achievement, Penn does not stop there.
Penn is committed to supporting all students’ success—and ensuring that the full college experience is available to every member of the student body on our welcoming campus. That vision is at the heart of Penn First Plus.
The University of Pennsylvania is poised to significantly expand its strong commitment to students who represent the first generation in their families to attend college and/or have substantial financial need. Headed by new executive director, Marc Lo, the comprehensive Penn First Plus program has been developed to provide unique, multifaceted support to this cohort. Specifically, the program will:
Endow significant additional grant-based financial aid for this target group;
Create a home base for first-generation students on campus, and;
Institutionalize University resources to prepare, support and retain these students.
The Fund for Penn First Plus will provide essential additional resources to support the highest priority initiatives at the heart of Penn First Plus. This funding will be critical in helping students pursue innovative academic and internship opportunities and in providing emergency support when needed to students.
Donors interested in supporting Penn First Plus efforts at any level are encouraged to contribute to this fund. Endowed scholarship donors might consider an additional gift to this fund as an excellent complement to their scholarship gift.
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