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First Generation Series

Who is a First Generation Student?

At College of DuPage, students are considered "First Generation" if one or both of their parents/legal guardians:

  • Did not attend a four-year college/university.
  • Attempted some college, but did not complete a bachelor's degree.
  • Attended a community college, a technical school, or an institution in another country.
  • Did attend college, but you (the student) have lived away from them for more than half of your life.
  • You are an adult student (20+) and you meet one of the above.

First Generation Student Series

Starting college can seem intimidating if you are the first in your family to attend college. The First Generation Series will help you navigate the enrollment process at College of DuPage. Come learn about the application process, next steps toward enrollment and available financial resources offered at College of DuPage. We encourage you to attend all three sessions!

Below are upcoming events as part of the First Generation Series at College of DuPage:

Financing a college education can be stressful for a first-generation student. Our goal is to help first-generation students understand their financial options and to provide insight on resources and opportunities available at College of DuPage.

Students will learn about:

  • Budgeting for college
  • Applying for FAFSA
  • How FAFSA works at College of DuPage
  • Calculating tuition and other expenses
  • Payment Options (payment plans and scholarships)
  • Resources for undocumented, DACAmented or mixed-status families

Event Recording


During this session you will meet staff from different departments that will explain how to better prepare for your next steps. Our goal is to prepare recent high school graduates and adult students on what to expect as they navigate their final steps before classes begin. This is a great session to address student's questions, doubts and concerns.

During this session, students will hear from:

  • Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services: What happens at NSAR (New Student Advising and Registration)? Understanding placement tests/scores, course selection and the importance of self-care.
  • Learning Commons: Tutoring services, placement test preparation and other available workshops.
  • Student Financial Assistance: Paying tuition, understanding the Financial Aid Award Letter and important requirements.

Upcoming Dates


Once you register, we will send a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the webinar.

Registration will close one day prior to the date of the event.


All Information Sessions hosted at College of DuPage are free.


If you have questions, or would like to be added to this event after registration has closed, please contact