First-generation college students and their parents are often intimidated by the college application and financial-aid process, so high-school counselor Carla Choate is interested in Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe's proposal to simplify paperwork and expand aid for students. "If they didn't go to college themselves and this is their first child to go to college, it's pretty daunting," she said. "I think that more kids are eligible than apply. I just don't think they see themselves as doing it."