The Impact of COVID-19 on First-Generation College Students
Abstract: First-generation students (FGS) are students whose parents did not attend university and are the first to go to college in the family. This paper looks at the difficulty, family support, and effects of online learning that first-generation students experienced during COVID-19. There is not enough research about first-generation students. The study aims to highlight FGS's challenges during COVID-19 and the shift from in-person to online courses. The author surveyed first-generation college students to test how COVID-19 affected online classes, family support, mental health, and finances. Participants were 44 ethnically diverse first-generation college students attending public universities. The mixed methods analysis indicated that lack of family support, no campus connectivity, had negative impacts on COVID-19 on first-generation college students.