Join us for our monthly Twitter Office Hour! On Thursday, March 3rd at 7pm-8pm EST, we’re inviting first-generation college students, those who aspire to be, and everyone who cares about first-gens to meet us on Twitter to ask questions and share answers on important topics using our hashtag #FirstGenOfficeHour.

Before you know it, you’ll be receiving your financial aid award letters from the colleges you’ve been accepted to! This month, we’ll be focusing on helping you breakdown your award letters and help you understand what it all means!


Our staff, first-gen student bloggers, first-generation college-bound students, their parents, counselors, college access providers, and mentors, and colleges.

Below are our awesome College Partner, CBO and student blogger co-hosts for this event:


Thursday, March 3rd 2016 7:00pm EST

How to Participate

Log on to Twitter and follow @ImFirstGen and hashtag #FirstGenOfficeHour! To ask a question or share an answer, add #FirstGenOfficeHour to your tweet!

Twitter Chat Questions

Q1. What is a financial aid award letter and what makes up that award letter? (grants, loans, work-study, etc.) #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q2. What goes into figuring out the amount of financial aid awarded to a student? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q3. If a student submits the same FAFSA to each school, why are financial aid packages so different? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q4. In comparing award letters between colleges, what are some factors a student should take into consideration? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q5. What exactly is an EFC?  What are a student’s options if they need to finance their EFC? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q6. If a student and their family feels they should be awarded more money, can they appeal their award letter? How? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q7. Will being awarded outside scholarships affect how much financial aid an institution awards a student? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q8.  Who should a student reach out to in case they are questions or need clarification about their award letters? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q9. If a student and their family accept the financial aid award letter from an institution, what are the next steps? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q10. What does a fin. aid award letter look like for undocumented, DACA and Dreamer students? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q11. What are some resources that can help undocumented students in understanding their financial aid? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q12. What are your top 3 need-to-know pieces of advice you’d like to share with students and their families? #FirstGenOfficeHour