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College 102 – Higher Education and You

Aspire supports all students on campus through peer tutoring and advising. We provide additional services to students who meet federal income guidelines and students from families where neither parent has a 4-year college degree. One of those services is our First Year Experience course – College 102: Higher Education and You – and the opportunity to become a TRIO Scholar.

Here is some quick information about the course:

  • College 102 is a 2-credit class available only to first-generation college students (those from families where neither parent has a 4-year college degree) from modest income backgrounds.
  • The course covers various student success strategies, identity development, and more that will help students get connected with all of Keene State’s resources.
  • It will take the place of the first-year seminar (KSC 101-Becoming a Learner) class that is already on students’ fall schedules and will likely fall on Fridays from 1-2:30pm.
  • Participating in the course involves moving to campus early (Sunday before Welcome Days) for programming and class time. Starting early means this class will end in October, giving you extra time back in your schedule for the remainder of the semester.
  • Scholarship money will be offered to students who successfully complete the course and meet additional requirements for engagement and success.
  • You’ll be connected with individualized support from the Aspire program that can last throughout your time in college.

Fall 2024 Application now available!

Please note that admission is competitive and based on specific criteria including first generation student status and income guidelines. Not every student who applies will be accepted. Applications are due by Friday, July 12, 2024.

Click here to access the application


Feel free to reach out to us at with specific questions about getting involved.

Contact Aspire
Tel 603-358-2500
Fax 603-358-2937

The Aspire office is located on the first floor of the Elliot Center (map).