GEAR UP Scholarship Program

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No Longer Accepting Applications:
The GEAR UP Scholarship Program is no longer accepting new applications as a result of insufficient funding. Renewal students will continue to be funded for the 2012-13 program year.

Pennsylvania GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Scholarship Program is a federally funded program that supports college readiness through early intervention activities in middle and high schools.

GEAR UP offers a scholarship for postsecondary education. PHEAA administers this scholarship on behalf of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

How Much Can I Expect to Receive?

The annual maximum GEAR UP scholarship is equal to the maximum Federal Pell Grant for the same academic year. The amount of your GEAR UP scholarship may be lower than the maximum Federal Pell Grant because of:

Awards are contingent on federal funding and are not guaranteed.

Can I Renew?

Yes. You must complete a renewal FAFSA at As long as you remain eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, your GEAR UP scholarship will renew for the 2012-13 program year.

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