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First-generation college students, who we define as students whose parents didn't complete a college degree, can go to the BigFuture website to get easy-to-understand information about college. The website walks students through every step of the college planning process and features articles on financial aid, scholarships, and how to decide on the college that's right for them.

Many colleges also offer support groups for first-generation students to help them transition to campus life. Contact individual colleges to learn more about their student support services.