College Prep Tools

Looking for help on how exactly to get yourself into college?

Luckily, you've come to just the right place. Check out this ever-growing collection of college and career prep resources that can help answer a whole lot of the zillion questions you probably have.

Video

Get inspired with two Texas GEAR UP video series: “How I Got Here” lets kids whose stories may sound a lot like yours tell how they overcame major hurdles on their path to college, and “Faces of TXGU” introduces TXGU’ers from around the state.

Why Go to College?

Discover the major benefits that come along with that college degree.

Prep for College

Fact: It’s never too early to start prepping. Learn how to make yourself completely college-ready.

Find a College

There are tons of colleges out there to choose from. Figure out how to find the one that’s a perfect fit for you.

Pay for College

Don’t think you can afford college? Get the scoop on the many, many resources that exist to help pay for your education.

Dates & Deadlines

With these handy Texas GEAR UP college charts, you'll never have an excuse to miss an upcoming (and may we add, super-important) deadline. We've gathered all the info you need to know when it comes to important dates for admissions and scholarships deadlines, AP and SAT/ACT testing, and college tours from schools all across the state. Take a look around and don't forget to keep checking back for all the latest updates.

Accepted? Now What?
TXGU’s Guide to All Things College

So you figured out how to get into college, but what do you do next? Luckily, this guide is here to walk you through all the stuff you need to do before and during your first year of college to make sure you rock it properly.

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    How I Got Here: Alex

    This guy figured out how to get paid to play games all day

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    How I Got Here: Angelica

    This politician-in-the-making can show you how to seriously ramp up your scholarship earnings

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    How I Got Here: Dianey

    Going to a far-away college can be a hard sell with Mom and Dad

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    How I Got Here: Dorothy

    This girl’s got killer protips on how to make an easy transition to college life

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    How I Got Here: Elvia

    What if your parents really, really don’t want you to go to college?

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    How I Got Here: Gabe

    You can (and should) use your dream job to help you pick a college

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    How I Got Here: Greg

    Is a college degree actually worth going into debt?

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    How I Got Here: Heriberto

    This former TXGU kid now runs his own robotics company

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    How I Got Here: Joseph

    Joseph knows how to make college all about you

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    How I Got Here: Joseph G.

    Starting at community college then transferring to UT saved this guy big bucks

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    How I Got Here: Kevin

    Kevin takes a last-second shot at college and scores big

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    How I Got Here: Lemnique

    If you’re in dogged pursuit of a degree, you’ll want this vet’s advice

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    How I Got Here: Maria

    Maria finds out that dreams have no borders

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    How I Got Here: Veronica

    Veronica salsas her way past some major life challenges

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    How I Got Here: Yarii

    This former TXGU’er skipped a year of college thanks to dual-credit classes

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    Faces of TXGU: Andrew

    This TXGU student is winning at life in Weslaco

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    Faces of TXGU: Agojok

    This sharp-shooting sophomore from Manor has an eye for the future

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    Faces of TXGU: Alexis

    This awesome freshman shows us how to get the most out of life

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    Faces of TXGU: Brenden

    This guy's got a lot going on for a freshman

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    Faces of TXGU: Brooke

    Forget what you've seen at the sideshow—this girl's got life-juggling skills no circus could ever match

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    Faces of TXGU: Gaspar

    This kid's goals are like his rockets—only the sky's the limit

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    Faces of TXGU: Gustavo

    Inspiring his family to follow in his footsteps, this creative kid's got college prep down to a fine art

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    Faces of TXGU: Jocelyn

    You should know this rad TXGU kid from El Paso

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    Faces of TXGU: Makayla

    Focus and free weights are giving this powerlifting kid the strength to pursue her dreams

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    Faces of TXGU: Robert

    From math to mariachi to managing healthy habits, this guy's living life to the fullest

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    Faces of TXGU: Xavier

    This El Paso thespian knows there's no business like show business...and public relations

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    Accepted! Now What?

    Do you know what's next after college acceptance letters show up?

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    Adventures in Education

    Why to Care: This one-stop shop makes college prep easy.

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    Big Future

    Why to Care: Easy-to-use and loaded with college info.

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    CareerOneStop

    Why to Care: Find your dream job, then go out and get it.

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    College Greenlight

    Why to Care: College searches, highly organized.

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    College Scorecard

    Why to Care: Huge list of colleges that’s easy to search

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    College Week Live

    Why to Care: Live chats and videos with the best colleges

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    College-Prep Checklists

    Not totally sure what you should be doing at any given moment to prep for college? No worries—we’ve got you covered.

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    Compare College TX

    Why to Care: Compare schools of your choice side by side.

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    Every Chance, Every Texan

    Why to Care: A practical guide to Texas jobs and colleges.

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    Filling Out the FAFSA/TASFA

    Why to Care: It’s everything you need to know about tackling the financial aid forms.

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    Financial Aid Toolkit

    Why to Care: The government will help you pay for college.

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    GenTX

    Why to Care: Learn from others who’ve gone to college.

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    My Majors

    Why to Care: Find your perfect college major

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    Number2.com

    Why to Care: Free SAT and ACT test prep.

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    Online Colleges, Scholarships, and Degree Programs

    Why to Care: A crash course in getting your college degree online.

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    Own Your Own Future

    Why to Care: One word—videos. This site has a ton, and they cover virtually every aspect of college prep.

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    Strategies for Increasing Financial Aid

    Why to Care: More money means less to worry about when it comes to paying for college.

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    Texas Guaranteed

    Why to Care: Helps you save and find money for college.

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    The Common Application

    Why to Care: Apply to hundreds of colleges with one application

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    Understanding the True Cost of College

    Why to Care: The more you know about how much college really costs, the better you can prepare.

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    YOUniversityTV

    Why to Care: Take a college tour without leaving home.

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    YouCanGo!

    Why to Care: Get motivated to get a college degree.

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    Zombie College

    Why to Care: The most fun way to plan for college.

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    eCampusTours.com

    Why to Care: Virtual campus tours and college profiles

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    Admissions

    What you need to know to go (to college)

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    Scholarships

    Free money from these Texas schools awaits

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    Campus Tours

    Plan the perfect college-visit road trip with this must-know info

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    SAT/PSAT

    Never miss an SAT registration deadline with this handy chart

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    ACT

    Get familiar with the requirements needed to take the ACT

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    AP Tests

    Set a study schedule to this guide on AP test dates and subjects

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