Courses & Programs

First-Generation Students Resources & Support

First-generation students, we are here for you.

Many students at HCC are first-generation college students, meaning they are the first people in their families to go to college. But did you know many of our faculty and staff were first-generation students too? 

You're invited to this year's First Generation College Celebration virtual events. Together we can celebrate being first-generation college students!

Explore this page for resources that will help you succeed as a first-generation college student at HCC.


For Students

Join us for a panel of first-generation HCC students and alumni sharing their experiences on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Passcode: 730397

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The Council for Opportunity in Education and the Center for First-Generation Student Success hosts a free and virtual celebration for college and college-bound students on Thursday, November 5 from 6 to 7 p.m. First-generation students nationwide will join COE's DJ Faro and first-generation peers and champions for this pre-celebration of National First-Generation College Celebration Day.


For College Access Professionals

COE and the Center for First-Generation Student Success invite you to participate in the Joint Virtual First-Generation College Celebration on Friday, November 6 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

This free webinar will feature a panel discussion about the history of the first-generation student definition, utilizing an asset-based lens. Space is limited so please register today.


hcc resources

Thrive Center

The Thrive student resource center offers an array of free services for students and community members facing non-academic barriers like houselessness or food insecurity.

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Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS)

The Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS) provides free assistance to all HCC students through tutoring, writing, ESL, and math centers, study groups, ongoing study skills workshops, and more.


HCC Library

Learn about the location and staff of the HCC Library, plus frequently asked questions (and printing information).


Financial Aid

More than half of HCC students receive financial aid. Find out if you're eligible!

Financial Aid

Valley Opportunity Council

The Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. is dedicated to eliminating poverty by providing the opportunity for low- and moderate-income community members in the Greater Hampden County area to achieve greater independence and a higher quality of life. Read about college access programs here.