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Oregon GEAR UP is a program that helps schools and students figure out what they want to do and how they will get there. You can read more about us here.
By 2020, 70% of jobs in Oregon will require some type of education or training after high school. This includes apprenticeships, certificates, 2-year Associates degrees, 4-year Bachelor’s degrees, and advanced or professional degrees.
The benefits of a college degree are more than just economic. College allows you to experience new people and places, study the subjects that interest you, and get involved in clubs and volunteer activities to help you discover your passion.
It’s never too early to start preparing for college. Check out the resources below for good starting points for both students and parents.
|PLANNING FOR COLLEGE
It's A Plan: College Checklists
From middle school through senior year, checklists to help you prepare and pay for college. Information for parents, too!
A great all-in-one site to make a free, personalized college plan whether you're in middle school or a senior in high school. Find the best college fit for you, explore careers and related majors, and learn how to pay for it.
First Generation Student
Advice and information from students who are the first in their family to go to college, as well as professionals from colleges and universities.
Learn the four steps to college and access additional resources including a virtual college tour.
A free downloadable workbook that helps high school students choose the right college, understand admission requirements, identify types of financial aid and more.
Learn about what it takes to prepare for college with this online, interactive game.
|CHOOSING A COLLEGE|
Search by location, type of college, your area of interest, and many other criteria. It also includes what students actually pay after financial aid is included (the net price), graduation rates, and information about how much students typically borrow.
Helps you find the perfect school and sends you reminders about application deadlines and scholarships matches.
Advice and reviews from current college students, including videos and photos. College counselors and other experts offer information and advice.
|PAYING FOR COLLEGE|
Federal Student Aid
A comprehensive resource about getting money for college that includes videos about the process.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Complete the FAFSA to get federal financial aid; apply in January of your senior year of high school and every year you are in college.
Estimates how much money you might receive in federal aid.
GEAR UP Scholarship Calendar
A variety of scholarships for college and summer experiences organized by deadline.
OSAC Scholarship Application
One application for Oregon residents to be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants.
Search for thousands of college scholarships, as well as save your results online.
Oregon College Savings Plan
Start saving now for college. Visit your local bank or credit union for help setting up an account.
Individual Development Accounts
Matched savings accounts for low-income students – earn up to $3 for every $1 saved.