Tag: first-generation college students

A Message to College Students as the Year Begins. See more state education news here

| August 6, 2019
A Message to College Students as the Year Begins. See more state education news here

For first-generation college students, navigating a new school environment can be daunting. Succeeding academically once they enroll, and completing a degree are often hindered by the circumstances these students have to face, like working full-time when enrolled or caring for other family members. These students also don’t have the benefit of drawing from their parents’ college-going experience. 

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Many high school students don’t understand how the college financial aid process works. See more national education news here

| July 9, 2019
Many high school students don’t understand how the college financial aid process works. See more national education news here

Students’ knowledge of the financial aid process is “shockingly low.”

That’s the takeaway from a new study by ACT, which in April 2018 surveyed about 1,200 high school students who were registered to take the standardized test.

Regardless of economic background, most families pointed to price as a very important consideration in choosing a college. Yet most students don’t understand the basic workings of financial aid, which includes grants, scholarships, work study and loans.

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NAU hosts inaugural First Generation Southwest Symposium (Sept. 27-28)

| September 19, 2018
NAU hosts inaugural First Generation Southwest Symposium (Sept. 27-28)

People interested in mentoring and supporting first-generation college students can learn the best ways to help at the First Generation Southwest Symposium Sept. 27-28 at the DuBois Center at Northern Arizona University. Attendees will hear from first-generation students, discuss their own experiences and insights and help find creative solutions to challenges these students face.

Presentations will include information on the transition to college, working on non-cognitive skills, engaging with students beyond the classroom, finding mentors and other skills that will help first generation students succeed.

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Lots to be learned on road to college. See more education stories here

| November 1, 2017
Lots to be learned on road to college. See more education stories here

As the first generation of her family to be able to go to college, Prescott High School senior Elena Aragon is investing considerable time and effort in figuring out options that will suit her career goals and wallet.

On a Monday evening, more than five hours after her school day ended, Elena and fellow senior Tania Andrade joined with about a dozen parents, a couple attending with their children, to hear a program from a local lawyer and PHS parent, Mitch Padilla, titled “My College Roadmap — Finding the Best College for the Least Amount of Debt.”

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Scholarship available to first-generation college students

| February 2, 2015
Scholarship available to first-generation college students

February 01, 2015 • Arizona Daily Sun The deadline to apply for the Dorrance Scholarship for first-generation college students who demonstrate financial need is approaching. In 1999, the Dorrance Family Foundation created a scholarship to provide academic and financial support to Arizona’s first-generation college students. The Arizona Community Foundation sponsors this scholarship. The foundation awards […]

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