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First Generation Students

This guide is to provide useful resources to First Generation Students at Pitt Community College

First Generation Students

The purpose of this guide is to provide useful resources to First-Generation Students at Pitt Community College.

What is a First Generation Student?

First generation students are those whose parents did not complete a college degree. Knowing this definition can help you identify opportunities for supports, scholarships and additional funding for your college education. Many students have questions about the overall college experience, such as questions about housing, academics, financial aid, and of course, the library! 

This guide aims to provide answers to many of the questions you may have about the library and library services, resources, and more. And, of course, this guide isn't just for first generation students. Students of all kinds may find the information in this guide useful.

Before you start looking through the guide, let us know if you're a first generation student by taking the poll below!

Are You a First Generation Student?
Yes: 10 votes (83.33%)
No: 0 votes (0%)
I don't know: 2 votes (16.67%)
Total Votes: 12

How to Be a Successful First Gen Student

Pitt Community College's TRiO Student Support Services - TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is committed to assisting participants in reach­ing their educational goals. Participants in the program are provided academic and personal counseling, enhanced tutoring, cultural enrichment activities, student-based workshops, and mentoring. The program is designed to assist Pell-grant recipients, first-generation college students, and individuals who may need accessibility assis­tance. Our goal is to support participants in their persistence and completion of a college degree/credential and transfer to a 4-year institution.

First Generation Foundation - The First Generation Foundation remains a stable anchor, forged by consistency of its character, its central purpose, and its dual aims, of advocating for first generation college students, and advising academically rigorous colleges and universities of best practices which support and sustain first generation students’ for success in college, career, and life.

Center for First-Generation Student Success - The Center provides expertise, training, and data to help higher education leaders better serve first-generation students. Our First Scholars model takes a holistic approach that elevates self, success, and significance for first-gen students by providing comprehensive, strengths-based support and assistance to improve academic, personal, and professional outcomes. Importantly, the model also builds a framework for institutions to scale and sustain support for students.