Parents & Families
We understand there are many checklist items to take care of before your student is admitted and starts classes on campus. As we've mentioned in our Overview & Advice section, each family's experience will be different. We also know that for some families this experience will be completely new.
Having a student who is the first member of a family to attend college brings a great sense of pride to a family. For parents of a first-generation college student, we want to help you navigate this transition for you and your student.
The term "first-generation" is defined as "students who are enrolled in postsecondary education whose parents do not have any postsecondary education."
Many common concerns for first-generation students and their families include:
- Academic adjustment - "I don't understand this assignment; maybe I'm not smart enough."
- Time management - "How can I get this homework done when I have to work 30 hours?"
- Financial concerns - "It seems like everyone goes out to eat every night; I can't afford that."
- Feelings of isolation - "Everyone else seems to know what to do; no one else in my family finished college, so maybe I wasn't meant to either."
Did you know...
- Only 30% of first-generation students utilized academic support services, compared to 37% of their continuing-generation peers.
- 65% of first-generation students use financial aid services, compared to only 49% of their continuing-generation peers.
As a family member of a first-generation college student, we understand that helping guide your student through their college transition can be difficult. We hope this site will help you navigate your and your student's transitions.