Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) offers several free services to assist low-income and first-generation students in obtaining a high school diploma and preparing for and succeeding in postsecondary education.
Eligibility for GEAR UP requires:
Enrollment in a GEAR UP target school in Ashland, Bayfield, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Shawano, Sheboygan, Racine, or Wausau (see list of schools on the GEAR UP web page)
Eligible for free or reduced-price meals, OR a first-generation student, OR an ethnic minority at the time of GEAR UP enrollment
Must be between grades 6 through 12
Must be a United States citizen or national, permanent resident of the United States, or be able to provide documentation from U.S. Immigration of their intent to become a permanent resident
If eligibility requirements are met, students can access academic, career, or personal advising; mentoring through their senior year and first year of college; access to college visits and cultural events; close monitoring of grades, attendance, and homework completion; and consideration for a GEAR UP scholarship.
For more information, including directions for students to apply for GEAR UP programming, visit the DPI GEAR UP web page.