The opportunity of coming to college can be an exciting, new experience, and yet for first generation college students, it may also carry the weight of unique challenges coming from being the first in the family to attend college.
Common challenges that first generation college students may experience:
- Adjusting to a new lifestyle and expectations away from home
- Challenges with navigating the college systems (academic, housing, financial)
- Challenges with organization, time management and staying healthy
- Adjusting to the level of rigor needed academically compared to high school
- Balancing expectations from home / family while at school
- Lack of family understanding or support
- Financial hardship
Resources for First Generation College Students
- UMass Lowell Centers for Learning and Academic Support: An office dedicated to your academic improvement through advising, tutoring and more.
- The Solution Center: Located on the first floor of University Crossing, students can access the Solution Center in person or online for assistance with their financial aid, billing, transcripts, course registration, student employment and more.
- Center for First-Generation Student Success: An initiative of NASPA and the Suder Foundation, with information and resources for first generation college students.