About Brown's FLi Center

First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center

The First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center (FLi Center) is a communal, academic, and social space for members of the Brown community who identify with the first-generation college and/or low-income student experience. By providing students, faculty, and staff with a dedicated space that affirms their intersectional identities, the FLi Center aims to contribute to the endurance and success of the first-generation college and low-income communities at Brown. We aim to center the narratives of all people who identify with any aspect of this experience, including international, undocumented and DACA, transfer, and graduate and medical students.

While the term "first-generation college student" is defined as a student whose parents did not complete a four-year college education, at Brown we encourage students to think of the term more broadly. We welcome any student who self-identifies as having minimal prior exposure to or knowledge of experiences like those at Brown.

As far as the term "low-income students," there is no income level that determines eligibility for students to take advantage of the community and programs of the FLi Center, though generally engaged students have little or no expected parent contribution as part of their financial aid package. Students who advocated for the inclusion of low-income students in the title of the Center had powerful stories for how their experience as low-income impacted their time at Brown and both the impact of finding a community and the desire for increased coordination of support.

The FLi Center serves as an umbrella and hub of initiatives and programs and serves as a home-base for affiliated student organizations, including First-Gens@Brown, the Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition, the Sidney Frank Scholars Association, QuestBridge Scholars at Brown, the Gates Millenium Scholars at Brown, and the Bonner Community Fellows (a program of the Swearer Center).