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First-Gen Proud

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First-Generation Bobcats

A first-generation student is someone whose parents/guardians did not complete a four-year college degree or a student raised by a single parent/guardian who did not complete a four-year college degree.

The LBJ Connection

The Higher Education Act (HEA), signed at Texas State by alumnus Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, made it possible for more students to earn a college degree. The HEA included Pell Grants, work-study and low-interest student loans. Inspired by President Johnson's experiences as a teacher in Cotulla and as a student in San Marcos, this legislation became central to his legacy in education.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Higher Education Act

1965: LBJ Signs HEA

Creating new paths for first-generation college students

Three students holding First-Gen Proud shirts

Today: LBJ's Legacy

Texas State offers support for first-generation students

46% First-Gen Students at Texas State

Neither parent obtained a bachelor’s degree.

42% First-Year First-Gen Students

2,568 incoming first-year students were first-gen in fall 2018.

Get Connected

Texas State offers many resources dedicated to serving first-gen Bobcats. Join our student organization, F1rst Bobcat Proud, or attend community-oriented events.

Additional Resources

Learn more about the support we provide for all Bobcats.