GEAR UP News
Prairie Jr/Sr High - January, 2014
GEAR UP: What is it?
I know I've explained GEAR UP in previous newsletters, but some parents may be receiving a GEAR UP newsletter for the first time, so bear with me!
GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Prairie is participating in their second GEAR UP grant. This grant started two years ago and benefits this year’s 8th and 9th graders. The grant will follow this particular group of students through high school graduation.
As a part of the grant structure, money is being set aside for renewable scholarships for the students who participate in GEAR UP Idaho 2 and attend an Idaho college after high school graduation.
Freshmen on the WSU campus!
What Does College Cost in Idaho?
8th Graders and Explore
This assessment is fully funded by GEAR UP. The website www.explorestudent.org can provide more information about Explore.
We will mail the Explore results to the address we have on file when we receive them. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
8th Grade tour of University of Idaho
Financial Aid 101
Financial aid is money that can help you pay for college. Some aid needs to be paid back or earned, and some aid is a gift. This money is available to all kinds of people. Here are a few things you should know about financial aid.
1. Financial aid can help you go to college
Getting financial aid can make it possible for you to go to college. Or it might enable you to attend a college you thought you couldn’t afford.
2. More than $185 billion in aid is available
There are four main sources of financial aid:
- Federal government (the largest source)
- State governments
- Colleges and universities
- Private organizations
3. You have to apply to qualify for aid
One thing is for sure: If you don’t fill out financial aid forms, you won’t get any aid. Even if you think you may not qualify, you should still submit the forms.
4. There are four main types of aid
These types of aid are available with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid):
- Grants and scholarships: money you don’t have to pay back
- Work-study jobs: paid, part-time work that’s generally on campus
- Loans: money you need to pay back, usually after you graduate
It's not time yet to worry about the FAFSA for the GEAR UP kids. You won't have to complete this online form until their Senior year, but it's good to know what to expect.
Local GEAR UP Contact
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions to improve the GEAR UP program.