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Challenges and resources at colleges and universities

Challenges and resources at colleges and universities

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A first generation college student is a student who is the first person in his or her family to attend a college or a university. Sometimes the term is used to refer to students who are the first in their family to complete college, or to become a first generation college graduate. First generation college students have quite a bit to be proud of. However, they also face challenges that are different than students who come from families where a college expectation is considered the norm. At many schools, these students are considered to be at high risk for academic failure or for attrition (another word for "dropping out.") Here are some of the challenges encountered by many first generation college students, and some of the resources these students can seek out to make their jou...