The First Generation Student Success Program (FGSSP) at the University of La Verne is a comprehensive program serving first generation college students and their families. The FGSSP is a program under the Office of Multicultural Services, Division of Student Affairs. The program was established in 1996 and has currently served over 600 students and their families.
The FGSSP promotes diversity, educational opportunity, and the academic success of first generation students. By generating a focused sense of academic purpose and confidence among students and family members, the program seeks to increase retention and graduation rates of first generation students.
The following services and programs are designed to increase first generation college students’ success at La Verne by offering:
- Parental Involvements
- Research & Assessment
First Generation Program Spring Family Potluck Picnic 2012
Benefits of an Education
A college degree increases the chances that a student will have a financially secure future and better opportunities for his or her family. College graduates can expect to earn more than $2.4 million over their lifetimes, one million dollars more than those with high school diplomas alone.
Being a student is a job that requires a lot of hard work and preparation. Students will spend more time studying outside the classroom in college than they did in high school. In fact, the average college student spends most of his or her free time in the evenings and on weekends (30 hours or more per week) dedicated to completing schoolwork.
Parent Survival Tips
- Make copies of all forms and checks before sending them. When calling make sure to write down the name, department, date and comments of the person to whom you are speaking.
- Your student may not come home every weekend-even if it’s only 5 or 10 miles away.
- An education does not mean that students will lose the values in which they were raised.
- Extra jobs should be limited as much as possible to work-study; particularly for incoming first-year students.
- Think of college as a job with lots of overtime. When students say they are studying, they are doing “something.”
For information on how to participate contact:
Office of Multicultural Services
1950 3rd Street
La Verne, CA 91750
Ph: (909) 593-3511 Ext. 4253
Fax: (909) 392-2761