This program offers assistance from the time of admission through graduation for first-generation students through an all-year support system.
New Student Orientation & Registration Session tailored to first-generation students and their families.
Support and questions answered in-depth throughout the academic year.
Help with staying on-track to graduate from Rowan College - Cumberland and transfer to complete Bachelor's degree or enter the workforce.
A sense of community and belonging through Student Life and Leadership activities.
Support with annual Financial Aid Application (FAFSA) process.
Financial literacy workshops on personal finances, managing money, credit cards, opening bank accounts, and loan repayment.
Career advising, internships, and mentoring for students who wish to network with community and campus leaders.
Identify as a first-generation college student during the admissions application process.
Attend the First2Go/Primer-a-Ir New Student Orientation & Registration Session with a family member, parent or guardian.
Enroll in and complete a Freshman Seminar course.
Meet with assigned Academic Advisor regularly throughout the Academic Year.
Attend a Financial Aid workshop annually.
Through a generous donation from the OceanFirst Bank Foundation, we are proud to offer fifty $1,000 scholarships to incoming first-generation students. All of the eligibility requirements can be found in the application. Applications for the Fall 2019 academic year must be received by May 15, 2018.
Q: How will I benefit from becoming a First2Go/Primer-a-Ir student?
We encourage all eligible students to join the First2Go/Primer-a-Ir community for special scholarship opportunities and other resources that are available on- and off-campus and offered exclusively to First2Go/Primer-a-Ir participants.
Q: My older brother or sister attended college. Am I still considered "first generation"?
Yes. For First2Go/Primer-a-Ir Community, "first-generation college" means that your parents have not completed a four-year degree at a U.S. college or university.
Q: One or more of my parents attended college but never graduated. Does this affect my status as “first-generation"?
No. Collegiate experience before obtaining a bachelor's degree does not disqualify students who are first-generation, but who are also not technically the first to go to college.
Q: I am a first-generation student, but I don't think I need any "help." Why should I participate?
We find that first-generation students thrive when they are in a supportive environment of peers, faculty, and staff who understand their backgrounds. With this support and network, our students are more competitively eligible for scholarships, four-year degree programs, internships and other opportunities.