“GEAR UP for College: Learn About Ways to Pay”


Join us for a free, virtual webinar on April 30 at 11 a.m.!

“GEAR UP for College: Learn About Ways to Pay” webinar is a free virtual resource for GEAR UP parents, grandparents and guardians with students in their junior year of high school. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn ways you can ensure your student is financially prepared to pay for higher education. Tune into the webinar session on GEAR UP’s website or via Facebook Live. Add the event to your calendar now, so you don’t miss it!

Topics covered in this webinar:


When preparing your student financially for college, the first step in receiving any type of federal financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Gain a better understanding of the financial decisions students are faced with when planning for higher education. We’ll discuss the types of financial aid available, what documents you’ll need to have on-hand, how to apply and more.

This portion of the webinar will be presented by Kristi Proctor, Northeastern State University, Financial Aid Counselor.

2) Oklahoma’s Promise

Oklahoma’s Promise offers qualified 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade students (must be an Oklahoma resident) an opportunity to earn a scholarship for college tuition. Join us to learn more about how Oklahoma’s Promise works, family income requirements and how to apply.

This portion of the webinar will be presented by Jess Tucker, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Scholarships and Grant Specialist.

3) Scholarships, Resumes and Recommendation Letters

We know college can be expensive, that’s why we recommend applying for free money like scholarships and grants before considering student loans. We’ll share the scholarship sites we love and trust, offer advice for how to prepare a resume and discuss best practices for asking teachers, counselors and other adults to write a letter of recommendation to endorse your students’ college application.

This portion of the webinar will be presented by Tara Cook, Duncan High School Counselor.

4) Stacking Your Money

Your student is on track to receive financial aid for college - whether it be grants, scholarships, work study or student loans. Learn about ways to stack different sources of financial aid to maximize the amount of money your child has for college expenses.

This portion of the webinar will be presented by Jolynn Horn, Assistant Vice Chancellor for GEAR UP.