Preparing for college can be tough! That’s why GEAR UP Birmingham offers information and resources that are meant to assist families as they plan, prepare, and prioritize the most important steps to help their child succeed in high school, college, and beyond.

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College Awareness Services

Helping Your Student Plan for College
Wherever your student is in high school get started on a college action plan.

Parent & Student Tuition Waiver

GEAR UP Birmingham(GUB) is proud to partner with the Alabama Community College System(ACCS) to offer college tuition waivers to all GUB students and their eligible legal guardians. The waiver is available to the students of the Birmingham cohort upon successful completion of high school who meet the specified criteria for college admission. The GUB College tuition waiver is also available to the legal guardians of GUB students who are currently enrolled in the cohort and qualify for admission at any two-year institution or technical college within the ACCS.

Financial Literacy & Planning

Financial Aid

Financial Education
Take control of your financial life, with the help of our provided resources. Learn ways to balance your income and expenses to make a plan for budgeting, retirement savings and more

Career Exploration & Planning

Career Interest Inventory
Take these two assessments to begin gathering information about yourself to help your career exploration process.

Comprehensive Mentoring

Resource Map
The map below, designed by United Way of Central Alabama, helps connect Gear Up parents, students, teachers, and staff with academic and community resources.

Multimedia Learning
The links below will take you to sites that offer an enjoyable way to enhance your parenting skills while also listening to helpful advice.

College Preparedness
Make sure your student is on track for college success. Below you will find checklists for each high school grade level that help show the steps you and your student should be taking to ensure college can be a reality.

Academic Tutoring

Online Learning
Below you will find a list of tools to help you succeed in the classroom. These platforms can assist you with studying and test preparation for all subject areas.


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