By Abby Miller, ISA Senior Regional Director
“First-generation college student” is a term we hear more and more often in the international education community. According to the Federal Trio Programs, a first-generation college student is defined as an individual whose parents (adoptive, birth, or custodial) have not completed a 4-year baccalaureate degree (DoED, 2016). For most students who fall under this category, it’s a box that they’ve checked on college applications, scholarship applications, FAFSA, etc. For some, it’s a category that they’ve learned to embrace and wear proudly.
The number of first-generation college students grows every year; according to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 34% of undergraduates in the US were the first in their families to go to college during the 2011-2012 academic year (PNPI, 2016). Despite the many barriers that have been identified for first-generation college students, these students are known to be resilient and driven…
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