Low-income, first-generation, LGBT+, and minority students are often underrepresented on college campuses; this means that they make up only a small fraction of the college’s total population. These underrepresented groups face unique challenges both in applying to and attending college. LGBT+ and minority students are more likely to become the victims of discrimination than their white, heterosexual peers. Low-income and first-generation students may struggle more in the application and financial aid process than students who come from families where college is an expectation. Fortunately, resources are available to help underrepresented students prepare for and succeed in college.
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