NJ GEAR UP Scholarship

Scholarships are available to students who participated in the NJ GEAR UP program in 7th grade and remained active through their senior year in high school. Awards are contingent upon federal funding and are not guaranteed. Awards may be renewed for up to 9 semesters for a 4-year degree program and up to 5 semesters for a 2-year degree program. GEAR UP funding is only available for fall and spring semesters. No summer payments will be made.

Downloads

College Enrollment Status Form (high school seniors and current college students)
Financial Information Release Form (high school juniors and seniors)
Scholarship Fact Sheet
Scholarship Eligibility Requirements and Administrative Responsibilities

Form Submission Deadlines

  • June 1 for students who enroll in the fall semester.
  • November 1 for students who enroll in the spring semester (students who enroll at the same school in the fall and spring do not have to submit a new form in November).

All eligible students must complete a College Enrollment Status Form each year in order to receive funds. If you transfer to another school in the spring semester, you must submit an updated form.

Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by July to ensure timely processing of financial aid. Students failing to meet state and/or federal deadlines will not be entitled to special treatment or extensions. Student appeals regarding the loss of GEAR UP funding for any reason shall be directed to the NJ GEAR UP State Project. Part time GEAR UP funding will only be available to students after initial full time payment has been received for at least one semester (similar to the Part Time TAG for EOF program).  The NJ GEAR UP scholarship is not guaranteed.

Eligibility Rules

You are eligible if you:

  • Participated in GEAR UP in 7th grade and remained active in the program through your senior year of high school.
  • Attend a NJ, Title IV eligible, degree-granting institution that offers Associates or Bachelors degrees.The institution does not have to currently participate in the EOF program.
  • Transfer from one NJ GEAR UP eligible institution to another NJ GEAR UP eligible institution.
  • Delay enrollment for up to one year after high school graduation and enroll in a NJ GEAR UP eligible institution.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards as established by your school.

You are NOT eligible if you:

  • Did not participate in an NJ GEAR UP program in 7th grade or did not remain active in the program through 12th grade.
  • Did not graduate high school.
  • Enroll in an out-of-state institution.
  • Enroll in a non-Title IV eligible, degree-granting institution that does not offer Associates or Bachelors degrees.
  • Transfer from an out of state institution to a NJ GEAR UP eligible institution.
  • Enroll in a NJ GEAR UP eligible institution more than one year after high school graduation.