In fact, over 15% of Harvard students are first generation-college students1 (including Harvard’s Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, William Fitzsimmons). Those who have been first before you have created resources and networks to support you at Harvard and beyond.

The Admissions and Financial Aid Office’s Harvard First Generation Program (HFGP) focuses on directing college awareness to future first-generation college students. Our HFGP coordinators will provide support and information as you begin to navigate the college application process. Contact us with any questions about admissions, financial aid, or first-gen life at Harvard. We look forward to meeting you!

1  We consider you a first-generation college student —or “first-gen” for short— if you will be in the first generation of your immediate family to graduate from a four-year college or the equivalent.

Student Group: HFGP

  • Kathleen Bellon Pizarro Class of '24

    Hello! My name is Kathleen Bellon Pizarro and I am a first-year from College Station, Texas living in Matthews Hall.

    Student Profile
    Kathleen, HFGP coordinator
  • Emily Ramirez Class of '24

    Hey y’all! My name is Emily Ramirez and I’m a first-year from Houston currently living in Greenough Hall.

    Student Profile
    Emily, HFGP coordinator
  • Harpreet Singh Class of '22

    Hey everybody! My name is Harpreet Singh, and I’m a junior from Mississippi living in Lowell House (best house!). I’m planning on studying Computer Science and Government.

    Student Profile
    College student, Harpreet
  • Allison Scharmann Class of '21

    Hello! My name is Allison Scharmann and I’m a senior from Western Massachusetts living in Winthrop House. I’m concentrating in Social Studies with a secondary in English and I spend most of my free time on campus working for our newspaper, The Harvard Crimson.

    Student Profile
    Portrait of Alli Scharmann, student
  • Braeden Foldenauer Class of '21

    Hi there! My name is Braeden Foldenauer, and I am a junior from Mississippi studying Government and Education.

    Student Profile
    College student, Braeden


Do you have a question about first-generation student resources? Fill out this form to contact a current Harvard College student. Our coordinators are here to help answer questions about being the first in your family to graduate college, and will be in touch with you as soon as possible. You can also join our mailing list to request more information about Harvard College.




Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI) While first-generation students come from a variety of financial backgrounds, this financial aid initiative has increased the number of students from lower income backgrounds and simultaneously added to the number of first-generation students at Harvard. And HFAI supports students not only through generous financial aid but also through special programs like the Student Events Fund, the Winter Coat Fund, and community events like the popular HFAI dinners.

Harvard Primus is a student organization that seeks to ease the transition to college, to build a strong and supportive community, and to provide a voice for first-gen students.

First Generation Harvard Alumni is a Harvard Alumni Association shared interest group dedicated to mentoring, advocating for, and providing networking connections to first-generation Harvard students and alumni.

Other offices across campus, such as the Academic Resource Center and the Office of Diversity Education and Support, provide a variety of academic resources, community programming, and social events for the first-gen Harvard community.