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- Have a clear definition of a what is first-generation college student, keeping in mind what the school you’re applying to considers a first generation college student
- Fill out any optional questions looking for additional information in addition to any mandatory essays..share how much attending their college would mean, given that you are a first-generation college student.
- Identify yourself as a first-generation college student and inquire about the type of programs and support the school has for first-generation students.
- First-generation college students need more support – seek resources
Private schools are out of reach for my family
You might have a better chance of receiving aid from a private school.
Private colleges often offer more financial aid to attract students from every income level. Higher college expenses also mean a better chance of demonstrating financial need. Experts recommend deferring cost considerations until late in the college selection process. Your most important consideration is to find a school that meets your academic, career and personal needs.
Admission Tests vs. Placement Tests
Admission Tests also known as college entrance exams, these are tests designed to measure students’ skills and help colleges evaluate how ready students are for college-level work. The ACT and the College Board’s SAT are two standardized admission tests used in the United States. The word "standardized" means that the test measures the same thing in the same way for everyone who takes it.
Placement Tests measure the academic skills needed for college-level work. They cover reading, writing, math and sometimes other subjects. Placement test results help determine what courses you are ready for and whether you would benefit from remedial classes.
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