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Many homeless students will be the first person in their families to go to college. Like other first-generation students, these youth may not know what to expect from the college experience because they have no one to tell them what it's like.
First Generation Student and I'm First! are two websites that aim to fill young people in on how to plan for, pay for, and survive higher education. For starters, young people will encounter the stories of other students who were the first in their families to get into and attend a university or college.
First Generation Student has a wealth of resources, including tips on finding the perfect college, applying for financial aid, making the most of the college experience, and figuring out what to do after graduation.
I'm First! is an online community that provides first-generation college students—and those who advise them—inspiration, information, and support on the road to and through college. The website offers profiles of colleges supportive of first-generation students, video testimonials from "first gens," and blogs about everything to do with getting into and being in college. The organization also holds regular Twitter chats and Google+ Hangouts.