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First Generation Students

There's A Place For You Here.
First Generation Students

First Generation Students

As a first-generation college student, you may be feeling a combination of excitement and anxiety since choosing to pursue a higher education. Whether you’re considering earning a certificate or degree to move into the workforce, or planning to transfer to a four-year university, NWACC offers a pathway designed for you.

Take a moment to learn more about what defines a first-gen student and the many resources NWACC has to offer. 

What is a first-generation college student?

At NWACC, the term first-generation student refers to students whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed any level of higher education. Students who have siblings in college but whose parents have not earned any degree are still considered first-generation. 

NWACC's Office of Student Life offers first-gen students support and resources, so you are better able to succeed at college and in your future endeavors. 

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First Gen Student Shares Her Story

Shonna shares the struggles she overcame when deciding to pursue an associate degree at NWACC. 

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Statistics and Figures

NWACC Applicants are First Gen
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First-Gen Mentorship Program & Club

The NWACC First Generation Mentorship Program provides a pillar of support during your time at NWACC. Volunteer mentors come from all over the NWACC campus to  build connections and provide you with necessary first-gen resources! You can also join the F1RSTS student organization to meet other first-gen students and find your place at NWACC.

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Tips for First Gen

View a number of tips and recommendations for new and current first generation students as you begin to navigate college and reach your academic goals. 

Tips & Recommendations

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College Glossary

Terminology and jargon used in higher education may seem like a foreign language for many first gen students. View our handy glossary to gain a better understanding. 

College Glossary

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Student Resources

Whether you're needing assistance with a research paper, looking for a tutor, or requesting special accommodations, NWACC has resources to help you succeed.

Student Resources

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Transfer Services

If you're interested in pursuing your education beyond an associate degree, Transfer Services can help you navigate through the process of selecting, applying and transferring credits to a four-year institution.

Transfer Services

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Getting Involved

NWACC offers so much more than just classes. Get involved by joining a registered student organization and enjoy making new friends, developing your skills and networking. 

Get Involved

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Paying for College

There are a number of payment options when it comes to affording your higher education. Learn more about financial aid, scholarships, grants, loans and more. 

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Family & Friends

As a family member or friend of a first generation student, view these numerous tips to help guide you in supporting your student's college plans, as well as her personal goals. 

Family & Friends

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First Gen Forward

As a First Gen Forward Institution, NWACC is recognized for its commitment to the success of first gen students. Learn more by visiting the NASPA web page. 

First Gen Forward

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Be Heard!

NWACC wants to hear from you! Feel free to fill out the feedback form to share how supported you feel as a First Gen student and how the college may be able improve your experience. 

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