F1RST PROGRAM

Seibel Learning Center

The mission of the F1RST Program is to serve Texas resident, first generation, incoming freshman students in the transition to the university through research-based, multilevel support.

Program Objectives
  • Increasing university access for first generation students

  • Targeting resources for financial aid to reduce loans and increase satisfaction

  • Advancing first year retention relative to Non-First Generation students

  • Improving four year and six year graduation rates relative to Non-First Generation students

  • Addressing any developmental education needs in the first semester

  • Enhancing student perceptions of inclusion and support

  • Reducing academic deficiency

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Complete any developmental course requirements

  • Articulate university and academic major expectations

  • Participate in academic and social peer interactions

  • Identify strategies related to self-regulated learning, critical thinking, problem solving, time management, and goal-setting

Program Eligibility

You must be a Texas resident and first-generation college student (neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree). You must meet the requirements of the Regents’ Scholarship Program and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Award eligibility varies based on Enrollment Status.

Award

Each F1RST Program participant receives a total program scholarship of $20,000, awarded as $5,000 per year for four years. To continue receiving this award for the full four years, students must maintain good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA) and be making progress towards their degree as required for financial aid. Students not meeting these requirements will be granted one semester of probation.

Program Requirements
Attend the F1RST Program Orientation

Each fall, F1RST Program participants participate in the program orientation during the first week of class The orientation is held during Howdy Week, Aggieland’s Official Week of Welcome. Students will have the opportunity to learn information on financial aid management, academic life, and student life.

Meet with a Peer Mentor

Each F1RST Program participant will be required to meet with a peer mentor as scheduled by the program to ensure progress and have individualized support.  This mentorship will focus on each participants’ academic and leadership development, and could include participation in the 12th Man Leadership Program, professional staff/faculty mentors, and selected campus workshops and events.

Attend the F1RST Program Spring Celebration

Participants attend the spring banquet during the conclusion of their first year. Students are meant to reflect on their past year while enjoying a dinner with their fellow F1RST students.

Participate in the Learning Community Program

F1RST students participate in the Learning Community (LC) course during their first year at TAMUG.  This course has zero-tuition and zero course credit, but does appear on student schedules. The LC course provides participants with skills and knowledge to excel in their academic, personal, and professional lives.

Get a F1RST Program Waiver

Waivers will be given to students who have credit-bearing courses or a university excused absence during the orientation and/or the learning community session. Please consult the University Student Rules for what the university considers an excused absence, detailed procedures, and deadlines. These rules are for every TAMUG course, not just the F1RST course.

To request a waiver, please complete this form:

>>> Waiver of Attendance Form
Program Benefits

As a participant in this program, you receive a variety of tangible benefits, including

  • A total program scholarship of $20,000 ($5,000/year for four years)
  • Professional mentorship from faculty and staff
  • Peer mentorship from upper classmen
  • Support from inclusion in a living learning community with other first generation students

Life-Long Benefits

These and other elements of the program lead to some amazing long-term outcomes that will benefit you for life! As the first person in your family to attend a university, you have a unique opportunity to enjoy the many benefits associated with earning a college degree.

  • Increase your earning potential.
  • Improve your writing and communication skills.
  • Build upon your social circle and professional network.
  • Increased future job satisfaction.
  • Decreased future unemployment rates.
  • Be informed of healthier life choices.

Contact Info


Seibel Learning Center
Phone: (409) 741-4343
Fax: (409) 741-4344
Email: SLC@tamug.edu

Location:
MAIN Building (Bldg. 3034)
2nd Floor, Office Suite 206

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday,
8:00AM - 5:00PM

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