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First-Generation Applicants

We know being a first-generation college student can pose unique challenges. A first-generation college student is someone whose parents did not complete a four-year college degree. So if this is you, you've come to the right place! We've put links to all the webpages we think you'll find most useful, in one place!

Applying to BYU

The application process is different at every institution. Here at BYU, we offer lots of resources to help our applicants understand what we are looking for in their application and what to expect during the process! Check out the pages below if you want to know more about the application process!

Register for one of our upcoming Application Clinics

August 20, 2021 02:53 PM
In our application clinics, we go over the application process and answer your questions so that you feel confident and ready to apply! Register here!

Become familiar with the application process

August 20, 2021 04:25 PM
This page breaks down our application section by section so that you know what to expect and documents you might need as you fill out your application!
Take me to the Application Help page!

Get additional help from one of our reps

October 25, 2019 04:47 PM
We are here to help you! If you have questions about the application, schedule an appointment with your high school rep. Find my rep.

Paying for School

If paying for college is a concern for you, you are not alone! We want you to know that paying for BYU is not only doable, but often times more doable than you might think! Check out the many resources BYU provides to help you pay for college.

Cougar Pell Promise

May 21, 2021 01:38 PM
BYU is now offering the Cougar Pell Promise, a university guarantee to cover any remaining gaps in undergraduate Latter-day Saint tuition charges after grants, scholarships, and benefits are received for up to eight semesters. Find out how to become pell eligible here!

Federal Aid

October 15, 2019 11:49 AM
Another really helpful way to get help paying for school is through federal aid! For information on starting your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA), click here.


October 16, 2019 05:19 PM
One of the best ways to get help paying for college is scholarships! To read more about the different types of scholarships, how to apply, and scholarship deadlines, click here.

First-Gen Student Stories!

Want to hear about the experiences of some of our other first-generation students? Read the stories below to learn how these students thrived at BYU!

Meet Will!

August 20, 2021 02:50 PM
“If you have a desire, you can do it - there will always be someone who can help you to get through. If you are worried about paying for school, there are resources available for you such as merit scholarship, private scholarship, need-based scholarship, financial services, student jobs, etc. Just do it; it’s worth it.” Read Full Story

Meet Kennedy!

August 20, 2021 02:51 PM
“Applying to a university can be daunting, especially if your parents did not attend a university. Seek out help when you need to. Contact professors, teaching assistants, and advisors. Take inventory of your mental health. Reach out to family and friends for support. You are not alone on this journey." Read Full Story

Meet Ray!

August 20, 2021 02:52 PM
"As a first-generation college student, it can be difficult to navigate the "firsts" that come with being a college student...If you come to BYU, know that you belong here...BYU can use your talents, your gifts, and your love. Everyone has something to contribute, and one person can make such an impact." Read Full Story

Other Resources

Sign up to take a tour of our beautiful campus!

October 14, 2019 10:54 AM
Adjusting to a large campus with several buildings can be intimidating and scary! Come take a tour of campus and we'll help ease your fears. Schedule a campus tour now!