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First-generation-to-college students often have challenges not faced by students whose families have a history of college attendance. They often struggle with navigating college applications, financial aid and registration--in some cases while learning English. Many of these students have additional concerns about disappointing parents who have sacrificed so much to help them go to college. 

Through its federally funded TRIO grant program, Dominican University offers first-generation and low-income students resources to help them persist and graduate on time. 

Read the stories of three Dominican first-generation students in this article in the Wednesday Journal. 

Photo by Alex Rogals of the Wednesday Journal.