First-Generation Students

Paving the Way for Your Family

We understand that being the first in your family to attend college can be challenging.

That is why we are here to help you through each step of the way. Below, you can find some tips on how to find financial resources and support and balancing your studies with other responsibilities.

Financing Your Online Education

As the first in your family to pursue a college degree, it might be challenging to find the financial resources you need.

If you need financial assistance, we strongly recommend that you apply for financial assistance by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When we receive your information from the FAFSA, we can award you with federal and state grants and student loans to help make your online education more affordable.

You may also be able to apply for outside scholarships and grants to further help with your educational costs. You can find scholarships through an online search engine, such as:

Get Support from Others

When you’re beginning your college career, you might feel alone in your journey. However, some of your classmates may be first-generation students also. For additional support, you can connect with your peers both inside and outside of the online classroom.

Don’t forget to stay connected with your family members and friends, too. Demonstrate to them how important your education is to you and see if they can help you in different ways, such as completing household chores or taking care of the kids while you’re studying for an exam.

In addition, we are here to provide help throughout each step of your educational journey. Our enrollment counselors, advisors and professors are committed to helping you succeed and can assist you with transitioning into the college life. We can help you find the program that best suits your needs and provide guidance through your graduation.

Sometimes, we also host events on our campus specifically for first-generation students, at which you can discover additional resources and tips.

Balancing Your Commitments

As a first-generation student, you probably have responsibilities outside of your schoolwork, such as a job. Trying to figure out how to balance your commitments with your studies can be tricky, though, as you don’t want to fall behind in class.

Try to find time throughout the day to study. For example, if you have downtime while taking the bus to work every day, read a chapter or two of your homework while on the bus. You might find spare time during your lunch break. A few minutes at a time will go a long way so that you can stay on track in your program.

Also, figure out a study schedule and stick to it. Time management is key throughout your online program, so blocking out a couple of hours each evening for studying and marking assignment deadlines on your calendar is important. With all of your school commitments laid out, you can see if you need to ask your manager if you can change your work schedule to help accommodate them. Of course, make sure your manager knows how much your education means to you and that they will benefit from it through your new skills and knowledge.

With these resources and tips, you can be successful in your studies during your online program at Emmanuel College.