The New Hampshire GEAR UP Alliance is a community-based initiative that helps under-represented students prepare for and succeed in college. We engage a broad coalition of colleges and universities, schools, businesses, and volunteers to develop students’ academic and life skills.

GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. A federal program funded through the U.S. Department of Education, GEAR UP supports state initiatives serving high-need areas.

The New Hampshire GEAR UP Alliance is a partnership between the New Hampshire College & University Council and Campus Compact for New Hampshire. These organizations administer two GEAR UP grants, GEAR UP New Hampshire and GEAR UP Manchester.

Statewide Impact

The New Hampshire GEAR UP Alliance helps thousands of middle and high school students succeed in school and beyond. From the North Country to the Lakes Region to the Upper Valley, GEAR UP’s impact can be felt throughout the Granite State.

New Hampshire students

middle and high schools

college and university partners

million dollars in student scholarships

What’s New at GEAR UP

Latest news

Featured Event

The Monthly Bulletin is out!

Check out the June GEAR UP Alliance Chronicle to learn about some summer learning opportunities!

Essential Resources for
Students & Families

The New Hampshire GEAR UP Alliance offers resources to help students prepare for, apply, and pay for college. You’ll also find information on getting the education you need for military or career success.

Preparing for College

Academic support, test preparation, middle and high school resources

Paying for College

Scholarships and financial aid, including New Hampshire-specific aid

Exploring Careers & Military

Skill development, career planning, technical education, military service

GEAR UP Is Magic

The New Hampshire GEAR UP Alliance has had an incredible impact on the students, parents, teachers, and volunteers who participate. Play this short video to hear what GEAR UP means to them in their own words.


Thank you for the time and resources I have gotten over the years! College has always been a dream of mine and with all of your help I can confidently say I am ready for the next step in my life!”



Since GEAR UP came into our school it has had a really big impact on me! GEAR UP helped me realize that helping my friends, helping my community, and working on my grades helps me become more infused in my community in a positive way!”



This program is empowering for me as a teacher in revitalizing my strengths. The support is incredible. I knew GEAR UP was good before coming into this program, but you all are really good.”



If I could make one change to the summer program I wouldn’t, because every day is awesome!”



The Gear Up for Success summer program was a very memorable time for my son. The field trips were educational and fun; they really gave my son an opportunity to know what he would like to do in the future about his career and education. Thank you!”



I am excited that this program introduces college to students so young. It is great that you have them think about what they want to do with their adult lives and how to begin to achieve that. Knowing that a scholarship is waiting for them will give them something to work toward. As a parent, it is nice to know that college tuition will be a little easier because of your program.”