College Basics

Prep for college with GEAR UP!

Start college off on the right foot! If you have unanswered questions, you aren’t alone. GEAR UP College Coaches are here to help answer your questions and support you as you transition into college with confidence.


Transition to Higher Ed

College Prep Resources

Link College Application Assistance

Oklahoma GEAR UP provides application support through resource materials, training opportunities and on-site assistance.

Link Financial Aid Planning

Learn the differences between financial aid options such as grants, loans, work study and scholarship programs.

Link College Visits

Take the time to visit college campuses before making a final decision.


CONNECT U is a program designed to help high school seniors with college enrollment to ease the transition to college.

Link College Orientation Reimbursement

GEAR UP reimburses the cost of college orientation programs for incoming freshmen. (Also, check out our tips to prepare for College Orientation!)

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