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First-Gen: What Does it Mean?

Definition

First-Generation College Student

An individual whose parents/guardians did not complete a four-year college degree.
or
An individual raised by a single parent/guardian who did not complete a four-year college degree.

As defined by Higher Education Act of 1965, 1998 Higher Education Act Amendments Subpart 2—Federal Early Outreach and Student Services Programs CHAPTER 1—FEDERAL TRIO PROGRAMS SEC. 402A. 20 U.S.C. 1070a–11.