First-Gen Longhorns

Resources for First-Generation Longhorns

Attending college is, for many students, their first time away from family. But living on your own doesn’t mean that you’re alone.

The University of Texas at Austin is home to many different campus and academic programs, centers, student organizations, learning opportunities and resources that can help new Longhorns connect with their peers, succeed in their schoolwork, and lead safe and healthy lives!

First-Gen event overlooking the State Capital

Gone to Texas 2019 student doing the hook em horns

First-Gen Longhorn Resources

First-Generation Living Learning Community

Interested in being housed with fellow first-gen students? The First-Generation Living Learning Community (LLC) is located in Jester West and provides first-year Longhorns access to a network of first-gen peers, faculty and staff so they can better academically and socially integrate to the university environment. Participants gain access to exclusive workshops, faculty and alumni panels, Austin field trips, and more.

Students doing hook em on camera

Funding Your Education

Family of students

Seeking Campus Support and Community

Whether you’re hoping to connect with fellow students or mentors, get some guidance on a class project, or find Longhorns who share your identities, there is a program, resource or organization to make the Forty Acres feel more like home.

Attention, Parents!

Check out for parent-focused resources and take advantage of the free Texas Parents U-Touch Membership, which gives you access to monthly Texas Parents Association newsletters and occasional updates from university leadership.

Staying Safe and Healthy


First-generation college students are students whose parents or guardians have not had the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Many students whose parents have degrees from outside of the U.S. also identify as first-gen.

Ultimately, you decide if you are first-gen!

Unfortunately, you are not able to update your admissions information. However, that does not impede you from taking part of any first-gen specific events or resources!

UT offers five scholarships specifically for first-gen students, but there are not applications for those individual awards.

To be considered for the first-gen scholarships (and additional UT financial aid) as an incoming freshman, complete your application for admission, then fill out the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid’s scholarship interest form on MyStatus by  December 7 and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).

Continuing and transfer students should submit the Continuing and Transfer Scholarship Application by March 15 for consideration.

First-gen undergraduates interested in studying abroad are encouraged to apply for the Texas Global First Abroad Scholarship by December 1 of their freshman year. This one-time scholarship awards 25 students with $3,000 to fund a credit-bearing or experiential learning opportunity abroad. Longhorns of any academic year may apply for the Gilman International Scholarship Program, which provides students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad (including but not limited to first-gen students) with financial support as they study languages and intern in diverse world regions.

You can receive a free first-gen graduation stole by registering to attend our annual First-Gen Grad event. Once you have RSVPed, you will receive instructions about when and where to pick up your stole. You can use the RSVP form if you would like a stole, even if you will not be able to attend First-Gen Grad.