First-Generation Students

You’ve made it this far.

At D’Youville, we proudly welcome students who are first in their families to pursue a four-year degree. As an online student, you’ll find the financial aid, academic support, and sense of community you need to support you through your college experience and beyond. When you contact your enrollment counselor, he or she will connect you with the resources you need to successfully earn your degree.

Upward Bound

D’Youville is proud to participate in Upward Bound, a federal year-round program designed to prepare high school students for the opportunities and challenges of higher education.

Our Upward Bound program offers:

  • Academic tutoring and advisement
  • Academic and college preparation workshops
  • College access programming (college visits, ACT/SAT preparation workshops, college and financial aid application assistance, post-secondary advisement)
  • College preparation mentoring
  • Career interest/internship program
  • Teambuilding and leadership development
  • Exciting six-week summer program


  • Students who attend the International Preparatory School at Grover Cleveland High (PS 198) or Leonardo da Vinci High (PS 212)
  • Students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or can provide evidence of intent to become a permanent resident
  • Students whose family meets federal income guidelines
  • Students who are potentially first-generation college students (parents do not have a bachelor’s degree)
  • Ninth or 10th graders preferred

For information, visit the Upward Bound website.

America Needs You

The America Needs You (ANY) Fellows Program is an intensive two-year program for high-achieving, low-income, first-generation college students. The program has four components:

  1. Intensive Career Development: ANY follows a best-in-class curriculum focused on professional skills, career exploration, college completion, and personal growth. The program provides 28 full-day workshops over the course of two years.
  2. One-on-One Mentorship: Each student/fellow is matched one-on-one with a mentor coach. These pairs complete 220 hours of mentoring over two years. Mentor coaches provide industry insight and connections as well as help fellows set goals and stay on track academically and professionally.
  3. Robust Networks: Fellows interact with thousands of diverse professionals through workshops, career days (on-site employer visits), and internship/job opportunities. These opportunities allow fellows to grow their professional, academic and social networks.
  4. Holistic Support: ANY supports fellows in overcoming personal and academic challenges, such as transfer support for fellows enrolled in community college. The program also provides up to $2,000 in grants and in-kind contributions over the two years, including business attire.

Learn more about America Needs You.

College Goal NY

College Goal NY is a collaborative public service project of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA) and the New York State Higher Education Services Corp. (HESC). College Goal NY is comprised of numerous FAFSA completion events set in targeted communities which have a history of high financial need and submit a disproportionately small number of online FAFSA applications.

College Goal NY is part of a nationwide volunteer program, College Goal Sunday, with a focus on helping low-income, first-generation families complete the FAFSA, the form necessary to qualify for many student aid programs to pay college expenses.

Get started by visiting the College Goal NY website.

College Application Week

New York State is proud to participate in College Application Week, part of the American College Application Campaign, an effort of the American Council on Education, to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a postsecondary education.

In 2017, more than 550 high schools and community groups participated nationwide.

Learn more and register by visiting the College Application Week website.