GEAR UP is a national effort to encourage more young people to have high expectations, stay in school, study hard and go to college. Through the Board of Higher Education, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts received a GEAR UP State Grant to provide early college awareness activities, improved academic support, information on paying for college and the GEAR UP Scholarship for students who participated in a component of the GEAR UP Massachusetts Early Intervention initiative.
An undergraduate student who has been admitted to an eligible institution and meets the following requirements:
-Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the start of the academic year
-Be a U.S. Citizen or non-citizen eligible under Title IV regulations
-Have applied for financial aid, using the standard Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
-Not be in default of any federal or state Student Loans for attendance at any institution or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received
-Be enrolled full- or part-time in a certificate, associate's or bachelor's degree program at an eligible institution
-Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress in accordance with institutional and federal standards
-Be less than 22 years of age at time of first scholarship award
-Participated in the Early Intervention component of GEAR UP Massachusetts
-Graduated from a Massachusetts public high school beginning in 2005
For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.