GEAR UP NM Supports & Services

What Services Does GEAR UP Provide?

Each GEAR UP program is designed to meet the unique needs of their local community. GEAR UP programs typically provide a comprehensive portfolio of services for students, parents, educators, and others. 

Here are just of few of the supports & services that GEAR UP New Mexico provides throughout our state:

  • College & Career Planning
  • ACT Test Prep & ACT Test Days
  • FAFSA Support for Students & Parents
  • College Application Week 
  • GEAR UP Week 
  • GEAR UP College Engagement Organization – GU Campus Leaders 
  • College Readiness Research-Based Programs – AVID, Model Schools
  • College Bus Tours
  • 8th Grade Transition Programs 
  • 12th Grade Transition Programs 
  • Scholarship & Financial Aid Support
  • Literacy for College Readiness – Literacy Intervention Classes
  • College Signing Day 
  • Student Success College Agents/Mentoring 
  • Math Tutoring for Algebra Readiness & Excellence
  • GUNM Film Projects 
  • College Advantage Camp
  • GEAR UP Is All About U! Student Leadership Conference 
  • College Visits
  • Credit Recovery
  • GUNM Common Read Project 
  • Professional Development for Teachers, District Leadership, Counselors, & Program/DataCoordinators

What Makes GEAR UP Unique? 

The complex problems GEAR UP addresses can only be solved through flexible, community-based strategies. By drawing on the unique needs and assets of communities—rather than a top-down, one-size-fits all approach—GEAR UP programs flourish in rural and urban communities alike. The program empowers local leaders from K-12, higher education, and community leaders to create and advance a shared agenda to strengthen pathways to college and career success.

GEAR UP is distinctive in that it is organized around the fundamental premise that college and career readiness begins early. By engaging students in the middle grades and supporting them through high school and beyond, GEAR UP brings a comprehensive and systemic approach that has a sustained impact on schools. Lastly, the program leverages local resources to maximize the return on federal investment. Every federal GEAR UP dollar is required to be matched by one non- GEAR UP dollar.

CONTACT US: If you require additional guidance on how to direct your question or are not able to locate the information you are looking for on the New Mexico Higher Education Department's website, please email