TRIO Student Support Services

Definition of "First Generation"

You are a "first generation" college student if you meet one of the following three criteria:
  1. A student neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree
  2. A student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree; or
  3. An individual who, prior to the age of 18, did not regularly reside with or receive support from a natural or adoptive parent.