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First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center

The First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center (FLi Center) is a communal, learning, and advocacy space for members of the Brown community who identify with the undocumented, first-generation college, and/or low-income student experience.

By providing undergraduate students with a dedicated space that affirms their intersectional identities, the FLi Center aims to contribute to the endurance and success of U-FLi students at Brown University.


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.