Gear Up Austin

Partnership with CTX

CTX partners with the AISD branch of GEAR UP.

GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. It is a seven year federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education promoting college readiness and success through multiple strategies and activities. As a partner, CTX has committed to support the grant via In- Kind Matching until the graduation of the Class of 2024.

8th Grade College Preparation Checklist

9th Grade

9th Grade:

  • Study hard and do well in school. From now on grades will count towards college and will show up on your permanent record.
  • Join scholarship websites such as RaiseMe.
  • Volunteer in your community.
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Start saving money for college.
10th Grade

10th Grade: 

  • Get to know your high school counselor (the college or senior counselor), and let them get to know you and your goals.
  • Take the PSAT.
  • Start researching colleges online.
  • Talk to friends and family to gather ideas on colleges.
11th Grade

11th Grade:

  • Begin applying for scholarships.
  • Start to attend events on college campuses (plays, concerts, preview days, athletic events, etc.).
  • Take the SAT and/or ACT.
  • Save money and take dual-credit classes (AP, IB, community college, etc.).
  • Run for leadership positions in the organizations with which you are involved.
  • Explore career opportunities to determine possible majors.
12th Grade

12th Grade:

  • Start applying to colleges.
  • Contact admissions counselors at colleges you are considering.
  • Visit with a college or high school counselor.
  • Visit college campuses.
  • Apply for scholarships before Christmas break.
  • Ask people to write letters of recommendation.
  • Fill out FAFSA or TASFA.