What is GEAR UP?

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GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a student support program funded by the US Department of Education designed to promote school completion and higher education among low-income, first generation families and other college bound students. Each fiscal year the program serves 700 students in grades 7-12 attending Lowell High School and The J.G. Pyne Arts School.


The program offers the following services:

  • Academic Advising
  • College Early Awareness
  • Course Selection
  • High School Transition Program
  • Parent/Family Outreach
  • Career Exploration
  • College Tours
  • One-on-one Advising
  • Assistance with the college process
  • SAT, ACT, PSAT Registration Assistance
  • College Essay and Resume Writing
  • College application and financial aid/scholarships application.
  • Academic Enrichment Programs and Summer Programs

Online Application link:


To download application/survey hard copies:

*For more information about GEAR UP programs, please visit the official GU website at https://www.mass.edu/gearup/

Last Modified: 8/4/23