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26 days ago
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Do I count as First Generation?
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I ask this question because my situation is quite... complicated. Basically, I lived in foster care for 11 years until my aunt eventually adopted me when I was 13. My aunt did go to college and has a degree. My mom went to college but dropped out like halfway through, and as far as I know, my dad didn't go to college. My mom also passed away last year. I am quite confused and don't know what I would count as. Does anyone know if I'm a first gen student?

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24 days ago

Wow, I would be confused, too. I would say you are first-generation college student, but you may have check with some knowledgable adults like your high school counselor or a trusted teacher. Also, check with the colleges you are looking into. Some colleges write out their specific definition of first-generation college students. If they don't, politely reach out to any admissions counselor (if the college has an admissions counselor specifically for first-gen, email them, if not, email any admissions counselor) and ask. It can't hurt to ask!

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24 days ago

First generation means that neither of your parent(s) have not completed a 4-year college degree, even if you were raised by your aunt. Due to your situation and living in foster care, I think it's safe to say that you would count as first-gen.

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25 days ago

I don't think your a first generation student because you have family members who went to college. Even though you were in foster care and your aunt adopted you she is now your family.

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