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Gear Up to Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs



NJ GEAR UP guides middle and high school students on the path to college and provides tools for academic success. With a college education, students will gain career options, knowledge, and skills that will last a lifetime.

To be eligible, you must:

Current Students Remember to turn in your latest report card to your GEAR UP staff. View Online Academic Resources

NJ GEAR UP Services *

  • Academic and personal counseling
  • NJSLA, PSAT, and SAT prep classes
  • A 6-week summer program on a college campus
  • Help with college applications
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Mentoring
  • After-school tutoring
  • College visits and tours
  • Financial aid information workshops
  • Cultural and educational field trips
  • Assistance with applying for college grants and scholarships
  • Academic and socio-emotional support services to students during their first year of college

*Services such as test preparation and tutoring may be available for additional students who are not enrolled at a GEAR UP site, but attend a GEAR UP target school. Contact the program in your city for more information.

How to Join NJ GEAR UP*

There is no cost to enroll in NJ GEAR UP or access services. For more information on how to get involved, contact the program director in your city. To participate in the program, students must:

  • Complete an application
  • Attend an interview with a GEAR UP staff member accompanied by parents or guardians
  • Sign a participation contract
  • Submit a most recent report card and NJSLA scores

Last Updated: Tuesday, 01/23/24