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Current NJ GEAR UP Students

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

Get involved with GEAR UP

To be eligible, you must:

          • Enter the program in 7th or 8th grade
          • Attend one of the NJ GEAR UP target schools
          • Be eligible for free or reduced price lunch
          • Show motivation to attend college


NJ GEAR UP Services *

  • Academic and personal counseling
  • GEPA, HSPA, 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
  • College scholarships**

*Services such as test preparation and tutoring may be available for additional students who are not on the official GEAR UP roster. Contact the program in your city for more information.

** Scholarships are available for students who start the GEAR UP program in 7th grade, complete the program, graduate from high school, and enroll in a New Jersey college or university. Contingent upon federal funding.

How to Join NJ GEAR UP

There is no cost to enroll in NJ GEAR UP or to attend activities. For more information on how to get involved, contact the program director in your city. To become an NJ GEAR UP student, you must:

  • Complete an application
  • Attend an interview with your parents or guardian
  • Sign a participation contract