How do I know I am a first-gen student?

While the definition can be complicated, being a first-gen student means that your parents did not complete a 4-year college or university degree. Some colleges and universities use a different definition, so be sure to ask your admissions counselor, academic advisor, or a faculty member to learn more. Visit the National Center for First-Gen Student Success website to learn more about being a First Generation student.

Am I still a first-gen student if my parents started college or university and did not finish their degree?

If your parents took a few college classes or even completed community college, you will often be considered first-gen. Check in with a campus resource in admissions, academic advising, or student affairs to learn more!

Am I still a first-gen student if other members of my family (step-parents, siblings, grandparents) went to college before me?

Yes. Being a first-gen student means that your parents did not complete a 4-year college or university degree, regardless of other family member’s level of education. Older siblings and family members who attended college may be a great resource as you navigate your college journey

Am I still a first-gen student if my parents received a degree from a college or university located outside of the United States?

Many colleges and universities are beginning to consider students with parents who attended international universities as first-gen. We suggest contacting your admissions counselor, academic advisor, first-gen student programs office, or a trusted person on your campus to learn more.

What Kind of Support Does Pace University Provide to First-Generation Students?

Pace University strives to provide resources and services that help students to succeed academically and ultimately professionally, beyond Pace University. Some of those resources and services include personalized academic advising, financial aid counseling, mental health and wellness support, and career development. Explore our First-Gen Resources webpage.

Who should I contact if I have doubts about Financial Aid, available scholarships and Billing and Payments?

Call us at (877) 672-1830 to speak to a Financial Aid representative or open a Help Desk ticket by emailing your question to Financial Aid at or to Student Accounts at

What kind of Student Success tools are available at Pace University?

Pace University is committed to helping all of our students succeed—academically, socially, and financially. The Student Success Tools site provides information about our departments and centers available to support you and is updated regularly, so bookmark it for easy use!

Can I apply for On-Campus jobs at Pace?

Yes. For students seeking student employment for the first time, visit the Careers website to get started! You will need to create a new application account with credentials different to your Pace Portal login information.