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The First Gen Movement

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in collaboration with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Reimburse tuition for A and B college students

File under: education, tuition reimbursement

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From: Greg S., Dallas, TX

Education is the key to financial stability in an industrialized country like the United States.

We the people should offer to reimburse the tuition of anyone who earns a B or better in an accredited college or university. The federal government should do a needs assessment and reimburse at a higher rate for courses in degree fields that are in higher demand. The reimbursement would be based on tuition rates at public colleges, not private ones.

We the people have a self interested financial reason to want more people to be educated. Because income tax is the primary federal tax, the more people in this country that make taxable income, the less we all pay in taxes.

Although I have been very fortunate all my life, I grew up in a poor area. I know from experience that poor people are smart. Helping with education will not solve the poverty problem, but at least it is a step in the right direction.


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American RadioWorks |
Image: Harvard First Generation Student Union Facebook Page.

The First Gen Movement

Over the past decade many elite colleges have taken great strides to admit low-income students, but there are unanticipated financial and cultural barriers to fitting in on campus that can’t easily be solved by merely giving students a foot in the door. Questions of class differences have spurred a nationwide movement of “first generation” student clubs on college campuses.

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