Join us for our monthly Twitter Office Hour. While our chats are usually the 1st Thursday of each month, this time, on Tuesday, Jan. 13th at 7pm 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 hashtag #FirstGenOfficeHour.

This month, we’ll continue our focus on preparing you for the college application process by discussing the all important financial aid process.

For high school students, this means learning about the important steps and actions to take while navigating financial aid.


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

We have an awesome co-host who will join us in our chat:

1. Danielle Lichliter, Communications Specialist; NerdWallet: @NW_NerdScholar

2. Martha Savery, Director of Public Affairs; Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority: @MEFAtweets


Tuesday, January 13, 2015 7:00pm EST

How to Participate

On Tuesday, January 13th  at 7pm EST, log on to Twitter and follow @ImFirstGen and hashtag #FirstGenOfficeHour! To ask a question or share an answer, add #FirstGenOfficeHour to your tweet!

Q1. What exactly is financial aid? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q2. In order to get financial aid, the FAFSA must be completed…what’s that?  #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q3. Does it cost anything to apply for FAFSA? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q4. Does a student have to complete the FAFSA, especially if their parents make a lot of money? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q5. When is the best time for students to begin completing the FAFSA?  #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q6. Can a student complete the FAFSA on their own?  #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q7. What are some important documents needed to complete the FAFSA?  #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q8. If a student is undocumented/has a dependent/foster care etc., how do they complete the FAFSA? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q9. What can a student do if their parent/guardian is hesitant about proving their tax info? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q10. A parent/guardian refused to provide their tax info…what can a student do?  #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q11. What’s an EFC and how does that play into how much a student will pay for college? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q12. Is the deadline to complete the FAFSA the same at all schools? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q13. Do some schools require others forms for financial aid besides the FAFSA? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q14. A student has completed the FAFSA and sent it to all their desired schools, now what? #FirstGenOfficeHour

Q15. 1-2 pieces of advice you’d give to students completing their FAFSA? #FirstGenOfficeHour


Share This! 

Follow @ImFirstGen and help us promote the Twitter Office Hour using the following sample tweets:

@ImFirstGen is hosting #FirstGenOfficeHour starting Tues. Jan. 13th at 7pm EST! Be sure to join us!

Are you #firstgen and planning for college? Join @ImFirstGen on Tues. Jan. 13th at 7pm EST for #FirstGenOfficeHour

#firstgen college student or care about them? Join @ImFirstGen on Tues. Jan. 13th at 7pm EST for #FirstGenOfficeHour