GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education whose mission is to significantly increase the number of low-income middle and high school students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.

GEAR UP NH Objectives

Increase opportunities for NH’s underrepresented students to access higher education.

Create pathways for NH’s underrepresented students to increase retention and ease transitions from high school to post-secondary education.


  • To build an academic bridge between high schools, businesses and colleges in NH to better prepare students for success in college by expanding the NH Scholars program statewide. Additionally, Gear Up NH will provide opportunities for low-income students to develop the non-cognitive skills critical for accessing higher education.
  • To create a college going culture in NH so that every student embraces the idea that college is possible.
  • To design an academic model that aligns K-12 and higher education academic content expectations to increase college enrollment and preparedness.
  • To develop and sustain a local and statewide commitment from businesses, high schools, colleges and parents to make NH students college ready.
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