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What is FUNL?

The FUNL Network aims to expand cross-institutional community and resources to ensure that first-generation, undocumented and low-income students thrive at Northeastern.


The FUNL Network provides opportunities for FUNL-identifying students to build community and connect with one another through student organizations, events, newsletters, celebrations, and more.


The FUNL Network offers campus education for faculty and staff to develop the cultural competency that is necessary to ensure the success of FUNL-identifying students via intentional support.


 The FUNL Network seeks to elevate the voices of FUNL-identifying students and to center their experiences within the broader Northeastern narrative.

1st GEN WEEK 2021: Nov 1st-Nov 8th









First Generation

First-generation college student is often defined as a student whose parents or guardians have not earned a four-year degree in the U.S. 

However, definitions vary between states, schools, and institutions, and we want to include you if you identify as first-generation based on your family’s level of educational attainment and limited exposure to or knowledge about attending college.


An undocumented student is someone who has entered the United States with no formal checkpoint, inspections, or verification, or who has overstayed a temporary visa.

We also want to recognize students who are DACA recipients, have undocumented family members (mixed-status families), and anyone else who identifies with the undocumented experience (“undocu-plus”).


Low-income college student is often defined as a student who qualifies to receive the Pell Grant, a federal grant provided to students who qualify based on information on their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

You might also identify as low-income if you experience food or housing insecurity, are eligible for government assistance programs, or cannot afford other basic needs. We want to include you if you identify as low-income based on your financial situation.

**Definitions can vary between states, schools, institutions, and other organizations. The FUNL Network seeks to be as inclusive as possible, and we encourage you to self-identify based on the definitions listed above.

FUNL Network Members

Staff and faculty across Northeastern comprise the FUNL Network.

The network is comprised of the FUNL Network Steering Committee as well as members of the Campus Education, Facts and Research, and Student Experience Subcommittees


First Gen Low Income Student Union

The First Gen Low Income Student Union is a student-led organization with a mission to close the support and information gap for low-income and/or first-generation college students, as we adjust to our new environment, lifestyle, and academic life. To get involved, visit FGLISU on Instagram and check out their linktree to sign up for mailing lists, Discord servers, and GroupMe chats.

FUNL Newsletters

The FUNL Network publishes a monthly newsletter with updates about serving FUNL-identifying students, events on campus, member spotlights, and more!

Visit this page to read previous issues, subscribe to receive our monthly newsletter, and nominate FUNL-identifying members of the Northeastern community (students, staff, and faculty) to be featured in our FUNL Spotlight.

Celebrate First Gen Day

Spearheaded by NASPA, the national organization for student affairs professionals, each year we recognize First Gen Day on November 8, the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

In 2019, Northeastern celebrated its inaugural First Gen Day. The event was so successful that we expanded the festivities to a full week in 2020, with over 20 programs hosted by the FUNL Network and many of our campus partners. Click here to learn more about how to celebrate with us!

Northeastern University is a First Gen Forward institution. Launched in June 2017, NASPA’s First-Gen Forward program is the nation’s first recognition program acknowledging higher education institutions for their commitment to first-generation student success.