Life at FAU


Reaching Individual Success and Empowerment


The RISE Program (Reaching Individual Success and Empowerment) connects and engages first-generation students through academic support, cultural competence training, financial literacy, career readiness programs, and intentional engagement opportunities with campus resources.


Students who successfully complete the program success points may receive a $300.00 book stipend ($150.00 Fall and Spring allocation) , which can be used to purchase books or other academic materials pertinent to their success.

In addition, students may also be eligible to apply for Emergency GAP funding, allocated to program participants on a case-by-case basis, to help alleviate financial barriers that may be impeding their persistence towards graduation

Program Eligibility

In order to participate in RISE, a student must be:

  1. A First-Generation College Student (neither parent nor guardian has completed a bachelor’s degree within the United States)
  2. A first-time in college freshman
  3. Pell-Eligible
  4. Complete the RISE program success points each semester to maintain eligibility*

*Note: Students who do not complete the program success points will have a financial hold placed on their account and may be held liable for the repayment of the stipend.

Program Success Points

Cultural Competency &
Financial Literacy Career Readiness Office Check-ins Student Lead Experience

Attend (1) cultural competency and (1) First Generation event within the year:

Celebrating Hispanic/ Latinx Heritage Address

Coming out Monologues

First-Gen Welcome Reception

Tunnel Vision or Visit any events that are sent out via the weekly calendar

Attend 1 “Owl Making Cents” Financial Wellness Workshop

Meet with your financial Aid Advisor

Career Consultation (Fall): Create a Career Action Plan

Career Readiness (Spring): Create a Resume and complete a Mock Interview

Two formal check-in per semester

1st Check-in: Complete an Academic Goal

2nd Check-in: Complete an academic Progress Report*

*Students who are within a 2.0-2,4 GPA range will be paired with a
Peer Academic Coach (PAC)

Students can attend one event, workshop, or use a resource from any of the areas below:

  1. Academic Support
  2. Leadership
  3. Career Readiness
  4. Cultural Competence
  5. Mentoring