First Generation

Are you the first family member to consider going to a post-secondary institution?

The First Generation project offers enhanced services for students whose parent(s) or guardian(s) did not attend college, university or an apprenticeship program.* The purpose of the program is to support First Generation students to be successful in post-secondary education. First Generation students also have an opportunity to apply for a first generation bursary with a minimum value of $1000.



Why is the first generation project important?

Studies have shown that by 2013, more than 80% of new jobs including entry-level positions will require some form of post-secondary education or skills training. A degree or diploma from a recognized college or university leads to developing new skills, better employment prospects and higher salaries.

Take a look at some other great resources:

First Year at Fanshawe website

Begin Here website

Parent and Family Handbook (pdf)

Money Matters (pdf)


* Definitions:
First Generation: a student whose parent(s)/guardian(s) has/have not attended a post-secondary institution. If a sibling of the student has attended a post-secondary institution but the parent(s)/guardian(s) have not, the student is still considered a First Generation Student.

Parents/Guardians: one or more adults, over the age of 21, who are legally responsible for the care and management of the affairs of the student.

Post-secondary Attendance: have attended (but not necessarily having obtained a credential) any institution of higher education in Ontario or elsewhere including outside Canada after high school (includes programs that lead to a post-secondary credential e.g. degree, diploma, certificate).