We celebrate our first-generation family—an important part of the FLC fabric!

Mario Martinez, Provost of Academic Affairs at Fort Lewis College

"Welcome! Prepare to meet diverse students, faculty, and staff at FLC! Many of us, like you, were the first in our families to go to college, so we truly know how important it is to connect with you and for you to connect with us. There are many opportunities on campus, so please get involved. You will find that everyone and anyone will want to connect and learn from you as well!"

First-gen students are trailblazers

First-generation college students are the first in their families to graduate from a four-year institution. Be proud of your distinction!

46 % of FLC students are first-gen. And ALL of our executive leadership are first-gen, too! From your application to graduation and beyond, we have people and programs ready to support your journey to become the first in your family to hold a bachelor degree diploma.

Resources for success


  Applying to FLC

Figuring out how to apply and learning all the new higher ed terminology can be overwhelming. Our dedicated Admission Counselors are here to help you with the process.

Get help with your application to FLC

  Financial assistance

First-gen students got $9 million in scholarships and aid for the 22-23 academic year. We also guarantee free tuition to students with household incomes under $70,000. We help you keep your degree affordable.

Get help applying for financial aid

Learn about the FLC Tuition Promise


The transition to college is different for everyone, from coursework and exams to figuring out the academic system. Our programs help you.

Find support through the Academic Hub

Learn about TRIO programming

  Finding community

Developing a support network is important for first-gen students. We offer a supportive, inclusive environment and well-being resources.

Join the First-Gen Student Club

Dive into Student Well-Being programming

Meet some of our first-generation faculty and staff

Contact us

Academic Hub Director

Michelle Bonanno
First-gen student and alumni of FLC
Reed Library, Room 142
Phone: 970-247-7183
Email: bonanno_m@fortlewis.edu