First Generation College Student Advising Interest Group

About Us

Welcome to the First-Generation College Student Advising Interest Group web site. This interest group was organized in April 2001 to identify and address issues pertaining to first-generation (first gens) college students. Ongoing discussions focus on the definition of terms, ways of identifying first-generation students, and concerns particular to these students.

Our title explains our focus but the issues are more complex than they may seem at first. First-gens are represented in virtually all areas of NACADA study but are not often studied in detail. What does it mean to be a first-generation student? How does one navigate the complexities of Academe with only limited family guidance and support? Is there financial support specifically for first-gens? What barriers do first-gens face that other students do not? Does first-gen status make a difference in academic success? This interest group welcomes your input.

Some first-generation college students enter a college or university through a Federal TRIO Program; many do not. To learn more about Federal TRIO Programs, click on 'Resources' (in the left-hand column).

If you are interested in joining our list serve to engage in discussions concerning first-generation college students, click on 'E-mail List' (in the left-hand column) for instructions on subscribing. We are always looking for ways to improve our interest group-suggestions are always welcome. Look for us at the national conference held each fall.

Current Chairs

Lauren Szafranski
University of Wisconsin-Madison

News & Updates

Join us at our meeting at Annual Conference!

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 3:15-4:15pm

Where: Room 232