Why NYGEAR UP?

The future for your child starts now, while they are in middle school. The choices and attitudes your student develops now will pave the way for success in high school, college and career. NYGEAR UP is designed to help you and your child prepare for a successful future.

NYGEAR UP is a federally funded, state supported grant program designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and excel in postsecondary education.

The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) administers the federal grant and awards sub-grants to qualified schools and programs across the state through a competitive process.

NYGEAR UP programs work with students currently enrolled in middle schools that “feed” into high schools in which 60 percent of students or fewer graduate on time.

Your child will participate in NYGEAR UP in middle school and high school, with support continuing through his or her first year of college.

The goals are to help your child:

  • Increase academic performance
  • Graduate from high school
  • Explore career and college possibilities
  • Be college and career ready in a field that is a best match between him or her and the current economy
  • Apply for college and all available financial aid
  • Continue through college to graduation

College is more than a dream…it’s a plan.

Learn why college is important for your child.