The University of Alabama First-Gen Programs seek to provide a welcoming community to serve as a resource for first-generation students as they learn to navigate the college experience. We are housed in the Capstone Center for Student Success and are home to three support programs that serve a diverse group of students across a wide range of academic, social, and economic backgrounds. To be recognized as a first-gen college student generally means that neither parent/guardian earned an undergraduate  degree from a traditional four-year institution. At the University of Alabama, we also include students whose parent(s) may have earned a bachelor’s degree from an institution outside of the United States, as well as students whose parent(s) earned their degrees later in their careers. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, but many students find a home and build a sense of belonging and support with multiple programs. This is accomplished through a combination of tutoring, coaching, and advising activities; scholarships and other financial support; one-on-one interactions and group programs; professional and career development; and holistic support to assist students in their transition to The University of Alabama and in their continued success through graduation.

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First-Gen Questions and Resources

As a first-gen student, navigating the college experience can be confusing. Here is a list of the most commonly used resources, departments, and terminology at UA. Still have questions?  Click here to ask us anything about life as a first-gen college student at The University of Alabama.

First Generation Program Support Fund

The First-Gen Programs Office often receives requests from students for financial assistance for unexpected emergencies. Click the Donate button below to contribute to our support fund that enables us to assist with these requests. After clicking the DONATE button below, search First Generation Program Support Fund in the search bar.  Donations can be a one-time or recurring gift. Thank you for your support!

The University of Alabama is recognized as a First-Gen Forward institution. The First-Gen Forward designation is a national honor that recognizes institutions of higher education who have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-gen college students.

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