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Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs Offers Important Services

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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.