GEER Up

GEER Up is a tuition-assistance program for low-income, underrepresented, and/or first-generation high schoolers in District 505 who are interested in taking Parkland Dual Enrollment classes, or seeking a Health Professions career, with an award package of up to $2,500 in financial aid for tuition, fees, and books/technology depending on the student’s program of choice. The program will serve 100 students total for the Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 semesters, with first priority going to high school seniors. Classes start in January.


Eligible students are part of an underrepresented community (first-generation, low-income, minority) and are ready to take college classes while in high school.


Students who participate:

  • will be enrolled in FYE 101: Strategies for College Success (includes faculty mentors who provide support to assist students in meeting goals required to be successful in college)
  • can be enrolled in three or more additional credit hours
  • can receive a loaner laptop for the semester

Applications are due December 11. All high school students may apply, but priority will be given to high school seniors. Applications will be accepted after December 11 based on remaining space in the program.