Here’s a Huffington Post article about a couple of programs putting supports in place for students who are the first in their family to attend college. If you teach at a teaching-intensive college or university, especially a regional comprehensive public institution or a community college, you will teach a ton of such students. I was one.
They don’t know the ropes and may be afraid to ask questions; they don’t necessarily feel entitled to use the resources the institution makes available. Faculty members can make a huge difference for students who might otherwise slip through the cracks. Learn what can help them get on track and stay on track.
This isn’t support you can get from home. It’s not that they don’t support you, but they haven’t been there and don’t have the know-how to tell you what you should do or shouldn’t do.