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 that serves low-income middle and high school students in public schools across 44 states.
GEAR UP Hawaii, the statewide grant under Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, serves over 20,000 public school students in grades 7 to 12 through the first year in college across the State of Hawaii each year.
Each year GEAR UP awards up to $85,000 to eligible students statewide. 1 Priority awards are given to students who qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL) program.
For more information about GEAR UP, please contact
Business and Community Outreach Specialist
- Hawaiʻi State Department of Education, GEAR UP Hawaii Running Start financial aid