First-Generation Applicants #WesFirstGen

Will you be the first in your family to graduate college? You won’t be alone at Wesleyan. In fact, 16% of our latest first-year students identify as first-generation college students. We are excited to help you and your family realize this exciting accomplishment. At Wesleyan, you’ll have the support of our entire community. Here, we celebrate breaking through barriers and paving the way for future generations. We know the opportunities that a college education can open up for our students, and we also know that the process can be overwhelming. That is why we take a prospective first-generation student’s interest in attending Wesleyan so seriously and promise to help make your process as easy as possible.



Applying to Wesleyan is just the first step. Get to know First Things First, our First-Generation Low-Income (FGLI) student community, to see that you won't be alone at Wesleyan. FGLI students are connected to mentors, community, guidance, and resources as we support you throughout your time at Wesleyan.


Financial Aid

At Wesleyan, we take a need-based approach to financial aid. Our Financial Aid Office is here to answer your questions about Wesleyan's need-based approach to financial aid and to help you make an informed choice about attending Wesleyan. From grants to flexible work-study programs across our campus, we draw on many programs to ensure that 100% of the demonstrated financial need of all our students who apply for financial aid at Wesleyan is met.

If your family income is less than $120,000 (with typical assets), we will make sure that there are no student loans in your Wesleyan financial aid package. Your package will include only grants and work-study plans, so that, provided you do not take out loans from other sources, you will not have any to pay down after graduation. 


Learn more about resources and support for first generation students.