Stephen F. Austin State University

Pathway to College

The GEAR UP Approach

GEAR UP provides a holistic approach to student support services with career and counseling plans designed to facilitate the growth and development of each student at Central ISD, Hudson ISD, Lufkin ISD, Nacogdoches ISD, and Woden ISD.

By collaborating with partner school districts, GEAR UP offers a range of services and events that allow schools to provide much needed support to students and their families. Services include, but are not limited to the following: Career Cruising, academic portfolios, and grade monitoring. This allows each school district to respond to the specific needs of their school while ensuring that each student meets important milestones associated with preparing for college and career.

Top Ten Steps

Step One | Save money early as possible to help pay for your student's education.

Step Two | Encourage your student to make high school count, preparing academically for college.

Step Three | Discuss with you student his or her skills and interest, career options, and schools he or she is interested in attending.

Step Four | Meet with the high school guidance counselor to determine what schools match your student's academic abilities.

Step Five |Gather information about the schools your student is interested in attending, including information on financial aid.

Step Six | Take your student to visit a college campus and ask the right questions.

Step Seven | Help your student apply for admission or direct them to the high school guidance counselor to apply for financial aid, help your student complete the FAFSA.

Step Eight | Consider scholarships, grants, and work-study programs. Complete any necessary applications or forms and submit them before the deadline.

Step Nine | Consider the loan programs available to you and your student.

Step Ten | Learn more about tax credits, deductions, and other considerations for education expenses.

Source: Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture (2011).

College Planning Resources

Own Your Own Future -

College Prep 101 - High School Freshman Checklist -

College Prep 101 - Test Prep -

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