Prepare Your Student for Success

GEAR UP 4 LA recognizes parents as essential partners in a college-going culture. Families are one of the biggest motivators for students succeeding in high school, graduating, and pursuing a postsecondary education. Navigating higher education and finances can be challenging – but not impossible. We are committed to equipping families with the leadership skills, tools, and knowledge to help you support your child along their academic journey.

Opportunities for Families

Financial Aid Planning

Receive assistance with evaluating financial aid offers and finding the best college fit to ensure students graduate with the least amount of debt.

Family Workshops

Continue advocating for your student, find the power in your own voice, and learn how to support your child’s transition to high school and college.

College Visits

Visit local colleges and universities and explore options available for your student.

College and Career Readiness Education

Learn about career and higher education opportunities, match and fit, graduation requirements, college entrance/application processes, and more.

Parent Development Classes

Community college partners offer classes such as GED completion, work skills certificates, citizenship, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Financial Literacy

Grow your financial literacy, learn how to pay for college, and access financial resources.

Support from GU4LA Staff

Receive one-on-one support from our staff to help assist and encourage your student to succeed at all levels of their academic journey.

Today I understand how financial aid works for my child. I feel much better and I trust that I can help my child on a path to college and life success.

Being part of GEAR UP takes care of our fears of helping our children make it into college. You don’t have any fears left! You know what to do. You know it is possible.

I feel heard. We understand the academic options that our children have, the classes to take in high school, and how to become as competent as possible as a student.

Because of GEAR UP, my child has been transformed from a student with low GPA to a successful student that is a mentor to others and has bold dreams. I am proud of that.