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First-Gen Proud

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First-Generation Student

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.

Support First-Generation Students

Your gift to the First-Gen Proud Campaign helps support students at Texas State, ensuring their success through mentorship and other forms of institutional resources.

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.
First-Gen Forward logo with text: Center for First-Generation Student Success
First-Gen Proud logo with text: From College to Commencement to Career