Tips for Success

Check out our Tips for Success below on how to get connected and stay engaged while at UGA.

Getting Connected

  • Search your school's website or ask your RA, orientation leader, or peer-mentor about first-gen students, student support services, TRiO programs, first-gen student organizations, & peer-mentoring programs. Once you find options, stop by the office, introduce yourself, and get involved. (NASPA)
  • While it may feel uncomfortable at first, your faculty will appreciate getting to know you! Making an introduction allows your faculty to learn more about you, will make it easier to ask questions, and may result in exciting opportunities. Connecting with faculty in your major is especially important! (NASPA)
  • It’s important to remember that you are not in this alone. Please don’t be afraid to reach out to your UGA's support services if you require additional help or resources to be successful. Please make sure you are in consistent communication with your support system, whomever that might be. Your community will provide you with the critical support needed during times of uncertainty. (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)

Financial Support

  • Complete your FAFSA every year!
  • Schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with a Financial Aid Officer meeting to better understand your financial aid, student bill, and important deadlines. Ask about other scholarship/aid opportunities that may make college more affordable. (NASPA)

Other Resources

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