Applying to and enrolling in college can be a challenging time for everyone. First-generation students and their families can benefit from additional support to navigate the process.
Our friendly Admissions staff—many of whom identify as first-generation college graduates—are prepared to answer your questions.
We’ll help to clearly explain our requirements, address your unique concerns, and introduce you to the programs and services available to first-generation students at Penn State Fayette.
Our counselors can help you start and complete your application, submit your materials, and walk you through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Pathways to Success: Summer Start
The PaSSS program offers first-generation college students, among others, the opportunity to begin the transition from high school to college early. PaSSS students take two college courses during the summer and participate in a program designed to introduce them to the college learning environment, develop skills for academic success, and provide co-curricular engagement opportunities. PaSSS prepares students to navigate university systems and procedures, develop plans toward their goals, connect to the vast network of campus personnel and resources, and succeed.
Early College Scholarship Program
First-generation students can prepare for the college experience while still in high school. Qualified junior and senior students can earn college credits at a 50% tuition adjustment, earn scholarships, experience the workload of a college class(es), and become acquainted with a college campus and classroom. Credits earned can be applied to a Penn State degree and are part of one transcript, recognized by all Penn State campuses. Credits earned may also be considered for transfer to another institution in the same way as other Penn State credits.
New Student Orientation
Our mandatory New Student Orientation (NSO) program is designed to provide all students with information necessary to be successful during their time at Penn State. This program is particularly advantageous to first-generation college students, who will benefit from assistance with enrolling for their first semester of courses.