college planning for the first in the family
Posted : June 9, 2009
Last Updated : June 17, 2014
For students who are first in the family to attend college, the planning process can be particularly emotional and challenging. Several resources exist to help first families throughout the decision-making process.
ACT offers Family Firsts for first generation college students and their families to assist with college and career planning. The Family Firsts booklets are available in three versions:
Another resource for first generation college students is the college planning calendar. Most two-year and four-year schools follow approximately the same admissions schedule. eCampusTours offers an online checklist for keeping all students on track to a college education.
Many potential first generation students and their families believe that funding is unattainable. However, several websites are available to help explain financial aid and other resources for paying for college. Learn more by visiting:
fafsa.ed.gov – The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website. This is where you start when you are ready to apply for financial aid.
eCampusTours.com/for-students/paying-for-college – Features a free scholarship search as well as information on grants, scholarships, savings programs, and loans.
act.org/fane – A financial aid need estimator.
hsf.net – A Hispanic Scholarship Fund website that features scholarships for Hispanic students and research reports on the education of Hispanic students.
studentaidalliance.org – Student success stories and descriptions of need-based financial aid programs.
For more information regarding first generation students, read Tips for First Generation College Students. Seek out the help of teachers and school counselors for more advice and resources.
Source: ACT's News You Can Use