Educator Toolbox

Outreach tools, how-to resources, hands-on activities, program sharing—Texas GEAR UP is curating a wealth of college‑readiness resources for easy use in a wide variety of settings. Keep checking back as the collection grows!

Outreach tools, how-to resources, hands-on activities, program sharing—Texas GEAR UP is curating a wealth of college‑readiness resources for easy use in a wide variety of settings. Keep checking back as the collection grows!
The TXGU video series can provide some inspiration for you and your students. “How I Got Here” (with accompanying lesson plans) features near-peers sharing the hurdles they faced on their journeys to college—which will feel very familiar to many TXGU kids. “Texas GEAR UP in Action” takes an in-depth look at some of the amazing programs taking place at GEAR UP grants across the state.
Looking for some extra tools to help you help your GEAR UP community? Right here you’ll find an ever-expanding collection of resources custom-made for GEAR UP educators.
These classroom activities crafted to help enhance college and career readiness are searchable by grade level and theme. (Tip: Keep checking back, because more activities are added regularly.)
So your students officially got into college (yay!), but do they know what to do next? Conveniently, this teen-friendly guide walks them through just about everything they need to do to make that tricky transition to college life a huge success.

Why Go to College?

Explore resources that’ll help your students discover the major benefits that come along with that college degree.

Prep for College

We all know it’s never too early to start prepping. Find tools to help your TXGU’ers get completely college-ready.

Find a College

Dive into resources that’ll help you help your students wade through all the college options out there to find the one that’s a perfect fit.

Pay for College

Do your TXGU’ers think they can’t afford college? Let them know about the many resources that exist to help pay for their education.

Resources For:

Never fear—your old favorites are here! Think retro and browse through the most popular Build Your Own Toolkit resources from the previous Texas GEAR UP website.

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    Accepted! Now What?

    Do your TXGU'ers know what's next after college acceptance letters show up?

    “TXGU’s Guide to All Things College” covers it all

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    Adventures in Education

    The must-knows of getting into and paying for college

    All things higher-ed for students, parents, and teachers

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    Affordable Colleges Online

    Navigating the world of online colleges

    Info, prep, and support for getting an online degree

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    Apply Texas

    College applications, simplified

    Log in, search for schools and programs, apply, repeat

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    BigFuture

    Savvy resource for career readiness

    Makes college prep fun for students and teachers

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    CareerOneStop

    Search for jobs and careers

    Comprehensive list of careers and how to get them

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    College Board

    College and AP course prep

    Useful tools, links, and social media for college prep

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    College Confidential

    Insider information on everything college

    Find college matching, advice columns, financial aid info

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    College for All Texans

    Texas-focused college and career planning

    College prep for students and working adults

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    College Greenlight

    Collect and store college prep material

    Register and access powerful college-prep resources

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    College Mapper

    A guide to affording and getting into college

    Search more than 7,500 college programs

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    College Measures

    Reports that measure college success

    Reports that measure college success

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    College Portraits of Undergraduate Education

    Detailed reports on hundreds of top colleges

    Get the facts, compare schools, then decide

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    College Scorecard

    Simple yet powerful college search engine

    Vast listing of colleges with easy-to-understand profiles

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    College Week Live

    Live college chats and presentations

    Interact with admissions counselors and college students

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    College-Prep Checklists

    TXGU College-Prep Checklists

    Grade-specific checklists will help students stay right on track for college

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    Compare College TX

    Comprehensive college profiles

    Search and compare hundreds of public universities

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    Decorating with TXGU

    Spice up any room with a (not-so) little Texas GEAR UP flair

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    eCampusTours.com

    College prep and campus life resource

    Take a virtual tour of more than 1,300 colleges

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    Every Chance, Every Texan

    Vast collection of college resources

    Tuition and career guidance for students and educators

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    Financial Aid Toolkit

    Getting money to go to college

    Educator-focused resource for finding financial aid

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    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    How to pay for college

    Fill out FAFSA to access grants, loans and work-study

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    GenTX

    Get inspired to get a degree

    College prep focused on students’ peers and community

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    How I Got Here: Alex

    Major changes can be major changes...for the better!

    There's not always a straight path to the perfect college fit

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    How I Got Here: Angelica

    Applicant-applicable lessons for all scholarship seekers.

    You don't have to wait on a job to start making money

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    How I Got Here: Dianey

    Dealing with parents opposed to a college far away from home

    What can students do when Mom and Dad really want them to stay local for school?

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    How I Got Here: Dorothy

    Protips for a smooth cultural transition to college

    Adjusting to college life might take some effort

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    How I Got Here: Elvia

    What happens when there’s a battle at home over college?

    Unsupportive parents can make the college journey much harder

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    How I Got Here: Gabe

    Finding a college fit for that dream job

    Planning for a future career can definitely help with the college search

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    How I Got Here: Greg

    Is college really worth going into debt?

    College loans can be considered an investment in yourself

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    How I Got Here: Heriberto

    From AP classes to robot dancing

    CCR video to entertain, plus lesson plans to learn

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    How I Got Here: Joseph

    Ready for College Fit 101?

    There’s a way to find the perfect college for every personality

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    How I Got Here: Joseph G.

    From dropout to Harvard Law—being frugal the whole way

    Starting at community college can save some big bucks

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    How I Got Here: Kevin

    Protip: Those grant funds aren’t endless

    Money management is crucial—even when it comes to financial aid

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    How I Got Here: Lemnique

    College is for the dogs (and the cats and the hamsters)

    Dream jobs make for perfect college-degree motivation

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    How I Got Here: Maria

    Being undocumented doesn’t stop the college dream

    There’s a path to college for all students—regardless of their status

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    How I Got Here: Veronica

    From living in the fields to living the dream

    College is the perfect way to make a better life for yourself

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    How I Got Here: Yarii

    Taking dual-credit classes can shave a whole year off of college

    Dual credit is a perfect way to get ahead of the game

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    KnowHow2GO

    Motivation for going to college

    Read advice, hear success stories, then get a degree

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    MyMajors

    Assessment-based college and career prep

    Take a short quiz to get personalized college major choices

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    Number2.com

    SAT, ACT, and GRE test prep

    Study resources and practice tests for registered users

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    Online Colleges, Scholarships, and Degree Programs

    Colleges with online degrees

    How to get a degree online, for teens and adults

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    Own Your Own Future

    Knowledge for getting to college

    Videos and guides for students, parents, and educators

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    Texas CREWS

    Detailed reports on college debt vs. job salaries

    The costs and benefits of getting a degree in Texas

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    Texas GEAR UP Brand Art

    Snag official TXGU brand art files to incorporate into your GEAR UP messaging

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    Texas GEAR UP Guides to Important College Dates & Deadlines

    Stay on top of the college admissions, testing, and scholarship deadlines via handy PDFs

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Angry Birds Summer Camp

    Catapults make great teaching tools in El Paso

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Book Club

    This story about a new TXGU club in Temple is a real page-turner

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Central H.S. Peer Mentoring Program

    East Texas is changing lives through students helping students

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: College Matters Summer Camp

    TXGU Summer Camp gives students a real-life look at the college experience

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: College Road Trips

    Rev up those learning-engines—these college tours are a journey to the center of student growth

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: District Leadership Team

    Region One ESC GEAR UP is bringing the concept of the staff meeting to amazing new heights

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Dropout Recovery & Prevention

    Bryan ISD GEAR UP keeps at-risk kids on track

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Finishing Strong

    Bryan ISD GEAR UP's seniors are really making their last year count

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Focus for Students with Disabilities

    Students with disabilities are really getting their shine on in Bryan

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: GEAR UP Club

    Project ReACH's GEAR UP Club helps students explore more with a little help from their friends

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: GeoFORCE

    Texas GEAR UP State Grant students are getting a rock-solid summer education

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Health Science Academy

    Getting hands-on with some STEM subjects is just what the doctor ordered for these IDEA students

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Humanities Summer Camp

    The kids at this camp know that summer is no excuse to stop learning

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: iMAS Academy and Discover College

    East Texas GEAR UP for Success takes STEM and college readiness to the next level

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Letting Go Class

    GU2's parent-focused classes help families cope when students leave for college

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: LVN Program

    East Texas is nursing nurse talent

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Mental Health Symposium

    See how one community came together for the sake of wellness.

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Novela Screenings

    Movie screenings and money saving go hand in hand

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Parent & Student Athlete Symposium

    Texas GEAR UP State Grant hosts a game-changing event for student athletes

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Parent Transition Event

    Learning for all ages at UTEP SOAR’s family conference

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Parent2Parent

    East Texas parents band together to make a better future for their kids

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Phenomenal Women Career Conference

    Girls from ESC Region 12 are getting a firsthand look at their future

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Princeton Review Partnership

    A strategic collaboration for student success

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Rails to Trails

    Changing a city starts one step at a time

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Science and Engineering Extravaganza

    UTEP SOAR blasts off with STEM-focused mega-programming

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: TIES Conference

    Region One ESC GEAR UP is prepping boys for the future in style

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Transformational College Field Lessons

    See how IDEA GEAR UP challenges—and changes—students' perceptions about their future through firsthand experiences in the Ivy Leagues

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Wee Blue Beasties Gaming Club

    Gamers in Manor are turning their passions into projects and gaining some serious career skills in the process

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    Texas GEAR UP in Action: Youth Congress

    Students in Waco are building soft skills outside the classroom

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    Texas GEAR UP Templates

    Personalize these editable templates to make your TXGU communication shine

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    Texas GEAR UP Toolkit

    Customizable networking tools to help you spread the word about your grant

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    Texas Guaranteed

    Borrowing money for college

    Advice and tools to help families save for higher ed

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    Texas Reality Check

    Matching career goals with salary requirements

    Create a budget, look for jobs that fit, or vice versa

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    Texas Tomorrow Funds

    Save money on college tuition

    College savings programs examined in-depth

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    Think College

    Resources for intellectually disabled students

    Special needs help from a national organization

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    TXGU Activity: Building a Support Network

    Theme: Mental Prep
    Grade Level: 7th/8th

    Look around you to find people with money-managing expertise

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    TXGU Activity: Building a Support Network

    Theme: Mental Prep
    Grade Level: 9th/10th

    Put together your very own college “Dream Team”

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    TXGU Activity: Building a Support Network

    Theme: Mental Prep
    Grade Level: 11th

    Get the full college-experience scoop from your “Dream Team”

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    TXGU Activity: Building a Support Network

    Theme: Mental Prep
    Grade Level: 12th

    Plan ahead to keep your network going strong in college

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    TXGU Activity: Calculating Big-Picture ROI

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 12th

    Use long-term potential earnings to see if college is truly worth the cost

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    TXGU Activity: Charting a Graduation Plan

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 7th/8th

    Choose what you want your diploma to say about you come graduation

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    TXGU Activity: Charting a Graduation Plan

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 9th/10th

    Plot out your high school courses to fit with your chosen diploma plan

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    TXGU Activity: Charting a Graduation Plan

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 11th

    Decide whether the ACT or SAT (or both) is right for you

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    TXGU Activity: Charting a Graduation Plan

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 12th

    Review all those final requirements before graduation

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    TXGU Activity: Comparing Net Prices

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 9th/10th

    Calculate the bottom-line cost of different types of colleges

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    TXGU Activity: Diving into Financial Aid

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 7th/8th

    Learn how to handle college loans (because they’re definitely not free)

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    TXGU Activity: Diving into Financial Aid

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 9th/10th

    Get the full scoop on how the college loan process works

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    TXGU Activity: Diving into Financial Aid

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 11th

    Figure out the costs of different types of college loans

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    TXGU Activity: Diving into Financial Aid

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 12th

    Create a four-year college budget so you can start saving now

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    TXGU Activity: Exploring Potential Careers

    Theme: Career Exploration
    Grade Level: 7th/8th

    Use your dream job to decide what type of college is right for you

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    TXGU Activity: Exploring Potential Careers

    Theme: Career Exploration
    Grade Level: 9th/10th

    Find someone to interview who works in your dream career

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    TXGU Activity: Exploring Potential Careers

    Theme: Career Exploration
    Grade Level: 11th

    Shadow someone for a day to experience your dream job firsthand

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    TXGU Activity: Exploring Potential Careers

    Theme: Career Exploration
    Grade Level: 12th

    Intern or volunteer in your ideal career field to see if it’s a good fit

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    TXGU Activity: Financial Literacy Crash Course

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 7th/8th

    Figure out how much of the money you earn you actually get to keep

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    TXGU Activity: Financial Literacy Crash Course

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 9th/10th

    Learn all about your personal finances—and how they can be taxing

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    TXGU Activity: Financial Literacy Crash Course

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 11th

    Budget your spending to avoid running dry

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    TXGU Activity: Financial Literacy Crash Course

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 12th

    Use your SAT and ACT scores as “coupons” to save big in college

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    TXGU Activity: How Much Does College Cost?

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 7th/8th

    Learn that the “net cost” of college doesn’t only include tuition

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    TXGU Activity: Learning About ROI

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 11th

    Look at college as an investment that you can earn back (with interest)

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    TXGU Activity: Looking Ahead for Inspiration

    Theme: Mental Prep
    Grade Level: 7th/8th

    Dream big, and then plan how to make that dream a reality

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    TXGU Activity: Looking Ahead for Inspiration

    Theme: Mental Prep
    Grade Level: 9th/10th

    Identify potential obstacles on your path to college—then figure out solutions

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    TXGU Activity: Looking Ahead for Inspiration

    Theme: Mental Prep
    Grade Level: 11th

    Think of people who inspire you, and learn about their college experiences

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    TXGU Activity: Looking Ahead for Inspiration

    Theme: Mental Prep
    Grade Level: 12th

    Thank your family for all they’ve done—and for all their future support

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    TXGU Activity: Pathways to Outstanding Performance

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 7th/8th

    Map out major upcoming milestones and make goals to be ready for them

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    TXGU Activity: Pathways to Outstanding Performance

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 9th/10th

    Set a track during high school that’ll lead to your future career

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    TXGU Activity: Pathways to Outstanding Performance

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 11th

    Evaluate your progress in school and identify what still needs to happen

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    TXGU Activity: Pathways to Outstanding Performance

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 12th

    Talk to your family about college plans so you’re all on the same page

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    TXGU Activity: Paying for College

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 7th/8th

    Break down budget basics to learn how to best prep for college

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  • TXGU Activity: Paying for College image

    TXGU Activity: Paying for College

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 9th/10th

    Budget out your college years now to know how much you need to save

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    TXGU Activity: Paying for College

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 11th

    Tailor your college budget to your top-pick schools

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  • TXGU Activity: Paying for College image

    TXGU Activity: Paying for College

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 12th

    Seek out the right financial institutions to make your budget actionable

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    TXGU Activity: Researching Colleges

    Theme: College Selection
    Grade Level: 7th/8th

    Jot down the things you like and don’t like about specific colleges

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  • TXGU Activity: Researching Colleges image

    TXGU Activity: Researching Colleges

    Theme: College Selection
    Grade Level: 9th/10th

    Start searching for colleges early so you’re not overwhelmed at application time

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    TXGU Activity: Researching Colleges

    Theme: College Selection
    Grade Level: 12th

    Gather any additional info you need from your top schools

    Read More»
  • TXGU Activity: Researching Colleges image

    TXGU Activity: Researching Colleges

    Theme: College Selection
    Grade Level: 11th

    Identify reach, target, and safety schools to make sure you have options

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    TXGU Activity: Strengthening Scholarly Identity

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 7th/8th

    Is how you spend your spare time helping you as a student?

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    TXGU Activity: Strengthening Scholarly Identity

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 9th/10th

    Ask your family to evaluate your strengths, passions, and areas of improvement

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    TXGU Activity: Strengthening Scholarly Identity

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 11th

    Shadow one of your role models who works in an field that interests you

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    TXGU Activity: Strengthening Scholarly Identity

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 12th

    Make an “I will never” list to stay focused and avoid distractions in college

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    TXGU Activity: Taking Ownership of Learning

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 7th/8th

    Discover what “fixed” and “growth” mindsets are—and which applies to you

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    TXGU Activity: Taking Ownership of Learning

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 9th/10th

    Evaluate your past challenges and consider how to overcome future barriers

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    TXGU Activity: Taking Ownership of Learning

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 11th

    Figure out how you can do even better in your best school subject

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    TXGU Activity: Taking Ownership of Learning

    Theme: Academic Prep
    Grade Level: 12th

    Find three ways you can boost your performance in your most difficult class

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    TXGU Activity: Understanding College Cost

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 7th/8th

    Learn how spending money on college can pay off big after graduation

    Read More»
  • TXGU Activity: Understanding College Cost image

    TXGU Activity: Understanding College Cost

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 9th/10th

    Evaluate how much a college degree is really worth

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  • TXGU Activity: Understanding College Cost image

    TXGU Activity: Understanding College Cost

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 11th

    Review different financial aid forms now so you’ll be prepared later

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  • TXGU Activity: Understanding College Cost image

    TXGU Activity: Understanding College Cost

    Theme: Financial Literacy
    Grade Level: 12th

    Create a pro/con list to decide which type of financial aid is best for you

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    TXGU Financial Aid Resources for Students

    This collection of TXGU packets offers students advice and insight into the complex—and often confusing—world of financial aid

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    TXGU Social Media Strategy Guide & Best Practices

    Get everyone in your network—and beyond—excited about all the amazing things happening in your grant

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  • TXGU Social Media Toolkit image

    TXGU Social Media Toolkit

    This awesome collection of social media artwork is sure to help you get the word out about your amazing GEAR UP work.

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