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You can go to College!

GEAR UP activities around the state may vary, but all services are designed to do two things: help you graduate and go on to some form of education after high school. People with degrees frequently have higher job satisfaction and can earn 67% more than adults without one. 

Student Opportunities

Ways to get involved.
Student Leadership Academy
Sophomores and Juniors! Looking to challenge yourself and stand out from the crowd? Empower your student story with life changing experiences and opportunities through the Montana GEAR UP Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). Find out more!
Student Success Agency
Student Success Agency to provide students with digital support for comprehensive mentoring, tutoring, and advising anytime, anywhere. Student success agents also provide help on FAFSA completion, scholarship writing, access to college resources, and more. Free to all high school students. Get your very own agent today!
Summer Programs
GEAR UP summer programs are an exciting opportunity for students to engage in free educational camps. Previous programs have seen students discover the ecology of Yellowstone, experience campus life, explore NASA aeronautics concepts, participate in the medical field, and more! Explore programs.

Student Success Resources

  1. College Application Week
  2. FAFSA Completion Campaign
  3. Decision Day
  4. GEAR UP can pay for college orientation travel and fees. Ask your liaison!

Did you go on a college visit? Tell us about your experience with the College Visit Survey!

Student Highlight

Meet other GEAR UP students excelling at school and life!
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GEAR UP has helped me a lot. We went on a college visit to the University of Montana and that’s where I first got to tour. Our GEAR UP Coordinator has also been very helpful for me when applying to colleges. I got a lot of help with things like the ACT, Scholarships, and the FAFSA.
Cruz Sunchild
Rocky Boy High School, University of Montana First Year Services student