The federal government is committed to helping student obtain a formal education. To this end the feds have made borrowing much easier for many. Many institutions know that students have guaranteed federal dollars backing their education, and will recruit you as a full-tuition paying student.
Before making a decision to attend an instutition investigate its programs for first-generation students. Some colleges and universities have special summer courses to help students acclimate themselves to collegiate life. Other institutions have special residence halls or special orientations for their students. One of the most valuable tools institutions can provide to is a “first-year experience” program.
First-year experience programs teach students how to access faculty, how to study, choosing a major, and learning to plan your future. Your first year experience program coordinator should have continual contact with you throughout your year.
Before agreeing to attend an institution try to meet not only with admissions officers, but also student affairs and faculty. Discuss with the institution how much scholarship money is available after enrollment.
No one can decide for you which institution is best for you, but asking the above questions can aid you in not regretting your final decision.