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GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a program that aims to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in college.  GEAR UP offers services that promote academic preparation for college and facilitates an understanding of the necessary requirements and costs of attending college.

"A-G" Requirements
Subject Years

A.      History/Social Science

B.      English 4
C.      Mathematics


D.     Laboratory Science 2
E.     Language Other Than English 2
F.      Visual & Performing Arts 1
G.     College Preparatory Elective 1


How is a GPA calculated?

A GPA is your child’s grade point average. All the grades your child receives are converted into numerical values: 4 points for an “A,” 3 points for a “B,” 2 points for a “C,” 1 point for a “D.” The total points for all grades is then divided by the number of courses taken.

What types of colleges are available in California?

  • California Community Colleges (CCC)
  • California State University (CSU)
  • University of California (UC) 
  • Non-profit private colleges and universities (independent colleges and universities)
  • Specialized for profit schools and colleges


College: Making It Happen

You CAN afford to go to college, and by researching your options, you can build success.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid comes in two basic forms. First, grants or scholarships are programs where money for college is given directly to you, the student, or to the college on your behalf. This money does not have to be repaid. Second, you and/or your family may take out a loan to pay college costs--this money must be repaid.

The following sites provide a tremendous amount of information on scholarships and financial aid: