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Students…. Are you ready to GEAR UP for the Journey through College? The GEAR UP program is ready to guide you in the right direction.

Let's Begin with the Basics!

 Step 1: Florida's Graduation Requirements


 Step 2: College Entrance Test


Step 2: College Entrance Test

All colleges and universities require submission of scores from one of the following Tests

SAT : Scholastic Assessment Test

Test knowledge of Math, Critical Reading, and Writing. Each section is scored from 200 –800 and added together (Writing Scored Separately). For More Information: Registration, Fees, Test Prep, and Test Dates

ACT : American College Testing

Test knowledge of Reading, English, Math, and Science (plus an optional writing). Each section is scored from 1 –36 and averaged (Writing scored Separately) For More Information: Registration, Fees, Test Prep, and Test Dates.


  Step 3: Find A College That Meets YOUR Needs


​Step 3: Find A College or Career That Meets YOUR Needs

College can give you the potential to boost your income throughout your life, but more importantly it helps you grow personally through advanced education and positive experiences.  Finding a career choice that fits your goals and interests increases your success and ability to achieve.  Below are tools that can assist you in finding the right pathway for reaching your goals. 
  • Pathways to Success provides information on choosing the best college and career path for you.
  • The U.S. Department of Education created an excellent search tool, College Navigator, to help search for Colleges that meets your needs.
  • College.Gov is another great resource that is a student-focused web site designed with you in mind that encourages furthering your education beyond high school.
  • Florida Virtual Campus provides a free online advising website that helps you plan and track your education progress from middle school through college.

 Step 4: Find Grant and Scholarship Programs


​Step 4: Find Grant and Scholarship Programs

The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers many Grants and Scholarships to assist in your college expenses. They have information regarding a program’s eligibility requirements, application procedures, award amounts, and renewal accounts.

Florida’s Bright Future Scholarships

This Florida Lottery-funded scholarship rewards students for their academic achievements during high school by providing funding for them to pursue postsecondary educational and career goals in Florida.

General Eligibility Requirements
(includes information for
First Time Applicants,
Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship,
Florida Medallion Scholarship, &
Florida Academic Scholars)


Southern Scholarship Foundation

For half a century, Southern Scholarship Foundation (SSF) has helped thousands of students realize their dream of a college education through its innovative blend of a rent free scholarship housing award, combined with a cooperative living experience, for those attending the Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College, the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, Florida A&M University, and Florida Gulf Coast University (women only).
Southern Scholarship Foundation Flyer
Southern Scholarship Foundation Application


Visit the following websites to get more information about scholarship opportunities and much more!







Visit Florida Department of Education’s Student Website for more information regarding:
  • Career Planning
  • College & Beyond
  • Community Colleges
  • Courses & Advising
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Testing
Also, EdPubs provides free U.S. Department of Education publications that will assist you in your college planning and preparation:
Contact Information

For more information contact the Florida GEAR UP office by phone (850) 245-0812 or e-mail

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