Gen1 learners are 2.4 times less likely to pursue PSE

January 6, 2008

According to Ontario's MTCU, first-generation students are 2.4 times less likely to attend college or university than their peers, whose parents did attend PSE.  Many institutions have launched initiatives to help overcome this trend, including York University and Centennial College.  Parents who attended PSE tend to have higher incomes, and savings plans for their children's education. There is also often a lack of support to pursue PSE for first-generation learners: "it's always hard to do something different than what your family believes."  Gen1s also face PSE without the advice of an experienced parent to help them transition to college or university.