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First Gen. Student or Not? Help !! :)

Heythere7Heythere7 Registered User Posts: 160 Junior Member
edited July 2013 in College Admissions
This question is really specific but I know CCers have the answer for everything.Hope so.
My Parents completed their Masters in India before moving to the States where my Dad taught Physics and my Mum studied political science at a CCC which she din't complete due to some personal reasons.
Now, am I considered a first generation student?
Logically, it should be a no and I knew that but my counselor tells me otherwise.
Help Appreciated
Thank you so much :)
Post edited by Heythere7 on

Replies to: First Gen. Student or Not? Help !! :)

  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Super Moderator Posts: 35,819 Super Moderator
    No you are not first gen.
  • Pennylane2011Pennylane2011 Registered User Posts: 2,716 Senior Member
    I think the counselor has the term "first generation" confused.
    In college admissions, the term generally means that the applicant is the first generation in a family to attend college- that is, his/her parents didn't attend, nor did any generation before. This makes the applicant sort of a pioneer in the family, and also signals to the college that, while the applicant's family is likely proud of the applicant, they might be unfamiliar with the process of applying to college, and college life in general. Some colleges offer additional social support and possibly scholarships to first generation applicants with financial need.
    A student born in the US, whose parents were born in another country and moved here is sometimes referred to as a " first generation US citizen".
    You may be a first generation citizen, but since one of your parents has a college degree, and the other attended college,- even if that was in a different country- you are not a first generation college applicant and should not apply as one.
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 55,609 Senior Member
    No you are not. There is another cc'er who got his undergrad and advanced degrees in another country and tried to have his kids claim "first generation to get american degree". That is not the spirit or meaning behind "first generation", which means first generation to attend college.
  • SikorskySikorsky Registered User Posts: 5,851 Senior Member
    But it doesn't really matter, because you can't claim first-generation status anyway. There's no box on the Common Application that says, "If you're 'first-generation,' check this box."

    On the Common Application (see last year's version of it here: https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/DownloadForms.aspx), you'll be asked to provide information about your parents: their names, their addresses (if different from yours), their occupations, their post-secondary education, if any. The relatively small number of universities and colleges that actually care whether an applicant would be a first-generation college student will then use that information to determine whether you do or don't meet their definition of "first-generation." (No, they don't all have the same criteria.)

    But, honestly, your parents have advanced degrees! Your logic is correct. There is no definition under which you'd be considered the first generation in your family to attend college.
  • Heythere7Heythere7 Registered User Posts: 160 Junior Member
    Thank you guys ! :)
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