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What qualifies a student as first-generation in college/scholarship applications?

AdAstra2021AdAstra2021 2 replies8 threadsRegistered User New Member
Quick question:
As the child of parents who have multiple associates degrees (less than a bachelor’s) or have completed a master’s degree in a foreign country (with the credentials never transferred to the United States), what would my status as an applicant for scholarships or colleges be in terms of being a first-generation student or not?
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 5728 replies10 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    They usually mean that your parents do not have a post-secondary education. At all from anywhere in the world.

    If a kid whose parent went to the Sorbonne, Oxford, Cambridge, IIT, Tokyo U. or any elite college outside the U.S. claimed to be first gen, would you cry foul?
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 78259 replies690 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Different entities have different definitions of "first generation". Some define it as "neither parent has a bachelor's degree or higher". Others define it as "neither parent attended college". You would not qualify under either definition if you have a parent who has completed a master's degree (anywhere in the world).
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  • Erin's DadErin's Dad 33096 replies3783 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    ^ This
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