NJ GEAR UP Scholarship
Scholarships are only available to students who participated in one of the NJ GEAR UP State Project programs in 7th grade, prior to August 31, 2011, and remained active through their senior year in high school. Students who enroll in a bachelor's or associate degree program at a licensed, degree-granting college or university in New Jersey and adhere to the guidelines governing the scholarship may receive up to the maximum Pell Grant Award each semester that they are eligible.
Awards are contingent upon federal funding and are not guaranteed. Awards may be renewed for up to 8 semesters for a 4-year degree program and up to 4 semesters for a 2-year degree program. Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Starting in fall 2010:
- All eligible graduating high school seniors must read and sign the Scholarship Eligibility and Responsibility form to show that the rules of the scholarship have been explained by the GEAR UP program staff and have been understood by the student and parent/guardian .
- Students who have stopped out for 2 consecutive semesters will lose future eligibility for the scholarship and must file an appeal with NJHE to request reinstatement.
June 1 for the fall semester or full year.
November 1 for spring semester only
Late or incomplete forms will not be accepted. Do not wait for your term bill or award letter. GEAR UP probably will not be listed.
If you send a form for fall, but do not attend, funds will NOT be sent to your institution unless you contact NJHE by Nov 1.
Mail or fax your form directly to NJHE at the address/fax number listed on the form. Do not give it to a 3rd party. You are ultimately responsible for making sure your form arrives on time.
If you have an issue, see you financial aid office first. If you need to call or email GEAR UP, give your name, school and the name of the financial aid staff that you spoke with at your college.
If you miss the June 1 deadline, you may submit your form by November 1 to receive the scholarship for the spring semester.
NJ GEAR UP Scholarship
Below are the links for the Scholarship Administration Policy and student acknowledgement forms.
For Financial Aid Reps
The following information is available to help understand the GEAR UP scholarship process.
Download the Eligibility Requirements for a complete list of rules. Starting with the class of 2010, all new scholarship students must read and sign the Scholarship Eligibility and Responsibility form to show that the rules of the scholarship have been explained by the GEAR UP program staff and have been understood by the student and parent/guardian .
To be eligible for the scholarship a GEAR UP student must have participated in a NJ GEAR UP State Project program prior to August 31st 2011 and meet the following eligibility requirements.
You are eligible if you:
You are NOT eligible if you:
The NJ GEAR UP State Project is separate from the GEAR UP Partnership programs and does not provide scholarship funding for the partnership programs. If you did not attend one of the State Project programs, you must contact your project director or school district for information.
For Vineland GEAR UP Students: The Vineland GEAR UP Partnership Program is not associated with the NJ GEAR UP State Project. If you were in the Vineland GEAR UP program and not the C.H.A.M.P./GEAR UP program at Rowan University, you are not eligible for the NJ GEAR UP State Project Scholarship. Please contact the Vineland Public Schools for information. The contact for eligibility requirements is Linda Santagata, Supervisor of Instruction, (856) 794-6700, extension 2357 or http://www.vineland.org/gearup/index.htm
Students in other GEAR UP partnership programs - Contact your school district.