First-generation and/or low-income (FLI)

First-generation and low-income (FLI) graduate students bring valuable perspectives and diverse experiences to the MIT community.

As defined by GFLI@MIT:

  • GFLI: Graduate students who identify as first-generation and/or low income.
  • First-generation: Graduate students who were the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree.
  • Low-income: Graduate students who were Pell Grant recipients or who grew up low-income.

FLI students carry their unique experiences and perspectives from their undergraduate program into their graduate studies. Read how students at MIT and beyond have been reframing the first-generation academic experience

FLI grad students can connect with resources and each other through: