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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a First Generation student?

A first generation student is someone whose parent(s)/guardian(s) have NOT attended post-secondary education (i.e. college, university or an apprenticeship program) in Canada or in any other country for any amount of time.

In other words, First Gen Students are the first in their family (besides siblings) to attend post-secondary education. First Gen Students can be recent high school graduates, mature students, or someone new to Canada.

If you are unsure if this applies to you, speak to your parent/guardian about their past education or consult the First Generation office for clarification.

How can you help me?

The First Generation Student Initiative has a number of personalized services designed to help you achieve your goals. Please view our services or contact us for additional information.

How do I apply to the Ontario First Generation Bursary?

The Student Financial Services will send information on the First Generation Bursary and instructions on how to apply to your Conestoga email account when the bursary comes available. To be the first to receive First Generation updates, visit the First Generation office and sign-up to be on our newsletter mailing list. In the meantime, see what other financial supports are available to you from the Student Financial Services.

I am a student with Crown Ward status and my birth parents went to college. Am I considered a First Generation student?

Yes, all students who have, or have had, Crown Ward status are considered to be first generation students.

For general Conestoga questions please view the College's FAQ page.

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