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First Generation

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.

5 tips for a new First Generation Student starting at College of DuPage:

  1. The best way to learn about the process and opportunities at College of DuPage is to attend the three First Generation events. These sessions build off of each other. However, if you miss one, feel free to join us at the next session we are offering at College of DuPage.
  2. Stay in contact with your Admissions Representative. We are here to help you every step of the way! 
  3. Ask questions! Making assumptions can cause you to miss out on a great opportunity!
  4. Take pride in being a First Generation student! Don't let the pressure stress you out. Build your support system on campus from the very beginning. 
  5. DO NOT procrastinate. It may affect your financial options and your course selection.

First Generation Student Series

Throughout the year we will be hosting a variety of events that will help First Generation students navigate the enrollment process at College of DuPage. If you're interested in attending one (or all!) of these sessions, click on the date listed below.

To register, you must create a profile on our application portal. Once you have a username/password, you can register for the event online or by calling (630)942-2626.

This Event Has Been Cancelled.  

Understanding Next Steps for First Generation Students

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Student Resource Center, SRC 2000

This session will prepare students for their next steps in the enrollment process. Students will hear from:

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

Presentation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. There will be an optional workshop time from 7 to 8 p.m. Representatives will be available to assist you with completing your COD application, setting up your myACCESS, submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), reviewing your financial aid award letter or addressing any additional questions you may have.

Please note: Students will not be meeting with an Academic Counselor to select classes during this event.

This session is FREE to attend.