First Lady Michelle Obama taped this special video message as part of the "I'm First" project, which lifts up the stories of first-generation college students to inspire future generations.

Center for First-Generation Student Success

An initiative led by NASPA with the generous financial support of The Suder Foundation. The Center for First-generation Student Success will serve as the primary entity to increase the research, scholarship, and effective practice supporting first-generation student success and to expand the number of institutions with evidence-based programs.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. The office of Federal Student Aid, helps make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school.

I'm First

I'm First! (949-329-8291) is an online community providing first-generation college students and those who advise them with inspiration, information, and support on the road to and through college.

Ohio Department of Higher Education

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents, 614 466-6000) is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency's main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education's contributions to the state and its citizens.