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Who is Eligible?

As long as you meet the below criteria, you are eligible to be a Beating the Odds Peer Mentorship Program Mentee.

  • You must be a first generation student. By definition, a first generation student is one whose mother, father or legal guardian did not graduate from a 4-year college or university.
  • You must be enrolled in at least 6 units at Cañada College each semester.
  • Must be able to commit to participating in the program for the full academic semester.
  • Must be able to attend at least three meetings with a BTO Peer Mentor per semester.
  • Must meet with twice with a counselor.  At least one meeting must be with BTO Counselor.
  • Must attend at least one BTO workshop/event/field trip per semester.
  • Must be open-minded and willing to learn.
  • Must follow the Student Code of Conduct and boundaries set by the mentors.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q- Some of the other programs on campus ask for a social security number on their applications.  Do I need a social security number to be eligible for the Beating the Odds Peer Mentorship program?

A- No, you do not need a social security number to be eligible for our program.  The ONLY requirement for our program is that a student is a First-Generation college student.  We proudly serve students who are AB-540 or undocumented. 

Q- What if my brother or sister has graduated college?  Am I still considered a First-Generation college student?

A-Yes, if you have siblings that have graduated from college, but neither your mother or father graduated from college, you are still considered a First-Generation college student.

Q- What if one of my parents graduated from college but the other did not. Am I still eligible?

A- No, if one or more of you parents graduated from college then you are not considered a First-Generation college student and are not eligible for our program.  We would be happy to still talk to you and point you in the direction of other campus services that may be able to help you.

Q- What is one or more of parents/guardians graduated from a college outside of the United States, am I considered a First-Generation college student? 

A- Yes, our program recognizes the international educational experience differs from the experience in the United States.  Therefore, students will have a different college experience from their parent(s) or guardian(s).

Q- If I am already a member of TRIO or EOPS/CARES or DRC, etc., can I still be a part of the “Beating the Odds” First Generation Program?

A- Yes, you may. There are no limitations on the amount of support services you can receive while a member of this program.

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