NJ GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)

NJ GEAR UP/CB at NJIT is a federally funded program (GEAR UP) with a state-funded match (College Bound) that serves students in the greater Newark area. The program offers educational support and assistance to middle and high school students to help them prepare for and enroll in a college or university. Students participate in a 6-week summer program and/or a 20-week academic year program that includes Saturday instruction, field trips and college tours, and other support services. Participants are also offered in-school and after-school tutoring during the school year at designated GEAR UP target schools.


Services We Offer

Once you apply to and enroll in NJ GEAR UP, you will join thousands of other New Jersey students who are on the journey toward college.

As a participant in the program you will be eligible to receive:

  • Academic year instruction - divided into fall and spring semesters. Consists of 20 sessions after school and/or on Saturdays
  • Academic and personal counseling - individual and group sessions that help students achieve personal and academic growth and provide guidance in choosing a postsecondary institution
  • Career orientation - exposing students to a wide range of career choices
  • College admission and financial aid workshops - providing assistance to graduating seniors with the completion of FAFSA federal financial forms and college admission applications
  • Summer program - 6 weeks of rigorous academic instruction, cultural activities, and field trips
  • Tutorial services - providing tutoring to improve students' academic skills
  • PARCC, PSAT, and SAT prep - courses that prepare students for state-mandated and pre-college tests
  • Mentoring program - access to successful mentors who promote academic achievement, expand career and academic options, foster life skills, and increase self-esteem


How Do I Qualify?

To participate in NJ GEAR UP you must:

  • Live in the city of Newark
  • Complete a Program Application
  • Provide copy of your latest report card
  •  Attend one of the following target schools:
         - Hawkins Street School
         - Hawthorne Avenue
         - Lafayette Street
         - Luis Munoz Marin
         - Park Elementary
         - Quitman Street
         - Rafael Hernandez
         - Ridge Street
         - Sussex Avenue
         - Wilson Avenue
         - Barringer - Academy of Arts and Humanities  
         - Barringer - Academy of S.T.E.A.M.
         - Central High School
    ​     - East Side High School
  • Meet family income requirements
  • Enter the program in grades 6 through 12

Once all documents are reviewed, a Site Director will contact you for an interview with you and your parent/guardian.

Program Cost

There is no cost to enroll in NJ GEAR UP or to attend any activities.