If you are the first one in your family to attend a college or university, you are demographically known as a First Generation College. And you are not alone. The National Center for Education Statistics (part of the U.S. Department of Education) says that nearly one-third of all incoming freshmen each year are first generation college students. The definition is a “learner coming from a family where neither of their parents or guardians has obtained a bachelor’s degree.” The majority of these students hail from minority households.

For most First Generation College Students, it’s an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to attend college, one that their parents may not have had. Along with this important opportunity, challenges arise. But for every challenge, there is a solution. First generation colleges should know that they are supported by their families, communities, and schools. In this guide, we will walk you through all aspects of being a first generation college student, including challenges, solutions, planning, tips & tricks, scholarships, and all resources students need to navigate through college as a first generation college student.

Meet the Author – Bob Litt

What is a First Generation College Student

First Generation College Students Challenges

Paying for College: First Generation College Students

Getting Ready for College: A First-Generation Timeline

Overcoming Challenges

Colleges that offer First Generation College Student Programs

Resources for First Generation College Students


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