Q: What is a "first generation college student"?
A: A college student whose parent(s)/guardian(s) do not have a four-year bachelor's degree. Also "first in the family to go to college."

Q: What is a "limited-income college student"?
A: We refer to low-income college students as "limited-income college students." Why? First, we don't want to continually remind students of their low-income status, which contributes to underperformance [1] [2]. Second, we think the term "low-income" can give the impression of a fixed status that doesn't change over time, whereas "limited-income" keeps the door open to socioeconomic status changes throughout one's life.

Q: How do you define "current college student"?
A: Any student currently enrolled in a college or university. This includes incoming college students (right after high school graduation), first-year students (freshmen), sophomores, juniors, seniors, and super seniors (who are in their 5th or 6th year of college).

Q: What's different about Propeller Collective vs. other sites and organizations with a similar mission?
A: Read about how we're different.

Community / Participation

Q: What is the Community? Do I need a log-in?
A: Our community is free and open for current first generation and limited-income college students. You do not need a separate log-in - simply join us on the social channels you regularly use!

Q: How do I participate in the community?
A: Check out our community page to learn how to participate.

Q: I'm a high school student. Can I use your resources and participate in the community?
A: Our resources are designed for current college students, but you're welcome to access them to get a sense of what to expect in college. However, the Propeller Collective Community is only for current college students.

Q: Can I get in touch with someone who was featured in a Motivation Monday post?
A: Maybe. Check out the bottom of that person's post to see if they shared their social media and/or LinkedIn info. If so, feel free to reach out! If not, please respect their privacy.


Q: I'd like to help! How can I contribute?
A: We're grateful for your support!

First, join us on social:

Next, check out our help-needed list (last updated July 2017):

  • Write a post for
  • Submit your Motivation Monday story
  • Apply for an internship in social media, communications, graphic design, or Squarespace web design and development

Interested? Have other ideas? Contact us to learn more.

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