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Families & Students

Meet Your School Specialists!

Your college prep expert and Oklahoma GEAR UP School Specialist is here to help! Meet with your School Specialist each week in person, by phone or email. See below for more information about the many resources Oklahoma GEAR UP supports.

Connie Arneson

Connie Arneson

School Specialist
Serves Ada and Durant

Oklahoma GEAR UP School Specialist Jamie Shanks

Jamie Shanks

School Specialist
Serves Jay and Locust Grove

Oklahoma GEAR UP School Specialist Heather Blumer

Heather Blumer

School Specialist
Serves Woodward

Rachelle Sturges

Rachelle Sturges

School Specialist
Claremore and Skiatook

Oklahoma GEAR UP School Specialist Cassie Landers

Cassie Landers

School Specialist
Serves Tahlequah

Lorri Windom

Lorri Windom

School Specialist
Serves Clinton and Duncan

Student & Family Resources

Studies show that college graduates make over $1 million more in their lifetime than adults who only have a high school diploma or GED. For some families, however, college might still feel out of reach. From making sense of college admission standards to figuring out financial aid, the process can seem daunting. GEAR UP is here for 12,000 students across Oklahoma to ensure that college-hopeful students can access every resource they need to become college grads.

Students from Ada High School

Financial Aid

Your child doesn’t have to be a perfect student or an athlete to get help paying for college. Grants, scholarships, work-study and low interest loans are all available for anyone just by filling out forms and following through.

Students from Tahlequah on a campus visit at NSU

Connect U

CONNECT U is a program designed specifically to help high school seniors with the college enrollment process. CONNECT U helps ease the transition to college by providing tools needed for the first day of school.

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Oklahoma's Promise

In Oklahoma, financial aid is readily available. If your child is in 8th- 10th grade and you have a household annual income of $55k or less, fill out an Oklahoma’s Promise Application now so your child’s tuition could be covered in college.

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Get Started

Quick links to help you start a plan for college, including how to start saving for college and how to apply for financial aid.

Link Oklahoma's Promise

The Oklahoma's Promise Scholarship Program pays college tuition for students whose family income is less than $60,000 per year and who meet certain academic and behavior requirements.

Link OKcollegestart.org

Check out Oklahoma's official website for college planning. Find out the courses you need to take in high school, the grades you have to make to qualify for college admission and financial aid tips and tools.

Link Oklahoma College Savings Plan

Start saving for college now! Learn more about Oklahoma's 529 plan and how contributions can be deducted from state income taxes. Schedule monthly payroll deductions for convenience!

Link Oklahoma's Colleges and Universities

Find out what colleges and universities are available in Oklahoma, the programs they offer and admissions and contact information.

Link Oklahoma College Assistance Program

The Oklahoma College Assistance Program provides great resources on saving for college, planning financially for college and paying for college.

Link Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education official website provides great information on higher education institutions, programs and services in the state of Oklahoma.

Link ACT

Find out more information about the ACT college admission exam.

Link FAFSA.gov

Start your Free Application for Federal Student Aid at FAFSA.gov.

Link Types of Financial Aid

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

Plan a College Visit

Don’t let COVID-19 keep you from touring college campuses. Click here to visit Oklahoma’s colleges virtually from the comfort of your home.

Educators Toolbox

Let us help you impact student learning with Professional Learning Community resources and leadership opportunities.

Financial Aid

There are many options available to help families pay for college.

GEAR UP Schools

Oklahoma GEAR UP proudly serves EVERY student in our partnering 10 school districts across the state. Learn more about our services.

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