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College Bound/GearUp (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) at Salem Community College is a discretionary grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by New Jersey Higher Education. Our goal is to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Participation in the College Bound/GearUp Program is free!




For more information on the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness Program (GEAR UP), visit the U.S. Department of Education's website for the program.  There you will find useful information on the program's funding status, awards history, legislation, regulations and guidance documents, as well as performance reports, contacts and frequently asked questions.