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Emilee Tritz’s motivation to go to college is simple: her family hasn’t, so why not be the first?

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Faces of the Firsts: 1st-generation college students claim their place in family history

About 22 million students will be enrolled in college this fall, and a significant chunk will be the first in their families to do so. As early as 2010, a USA Today story reported that roughly 30 percent of incoming freshmen in America are first-generation college students, the vast majority of whom are also under the low-income umbrella.

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