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Frequently Asked Questions

Most information pertaining to the GEAR UP program can be found in the GEAR UP Handbook.

For questions, please contact:

Stephanie Swanson, Scholarship Coordinator
Phone: (775) 687-9150
FAX: (775) 687-9250
Email: sswanson@doe.nv.gov

A student was enrolled during the fall and met the GEAR UP requirements of 12 credits and a 2.0 semester GPA. The student wants to enroll for summer school, but is only taking 3 credits (not the required 6 credits). Can I fund the student for the class that he is taking?

No. The student is not meeting the 6 credit requirement.

A student is eligible for GEAR UP funding and is not attending this semester. Do I leave the student's name on the transfer list so that you will know he/she is still around?

No. Only students that actually attend are to be reported.

The student withdrew before the withdrawal date, after we asked for funding.

This funding can be reported and reversed on the next draw request. Show the funds in the "Withdrawal" portion of the funding request.

Can a student who is attending two different schools be funded?

No. The student must meet the GEAR UP requirements at one school. You cannot count credits from two different schools.

May a student take 6 credits at a university and 6 credits at a community college during the same semester and receive GEAR UP funding?

No. The student must meet the GEAR UP requirements at one school. You cannot count credits from two different schools.

How often do the Acknowledgement Forms come in the mail? How can I obtain an Acknowledgement Form?

The Acknowledgement Forms are issued upon graduation from high school. However, if you need to update your records or have changed your name, you can access a form on the Department of Education GEAR UP website, through your mentor, or by contacting the GEAR UP office.

Do GEAR UP scholarship students need to declare that they are degree seeking on the Acknowledgement Form in order to qualify for the scholarship?

Yes. GEAR UP scholarship students need to be working towards achieving a certificate or degree in order to qualify for the scholarship. They do not have to declare a major in the early years of their college journey at this time.

Contact the GEAR UP office by email or phone (below), if no one is available, leave a voice mail with your question and a telephone number where you can be reached. Someone will get back to you with the answer.

Contact the GEAR UP office by email or phone, if no one is available, leave a voice mail with your question and a telephone number where you can be reached. Someone will get back to you with the answer.

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