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Students and Parents

GEAR UP Scholarship

The GEAR UP Virginia (GUV) Scholarship is available to eligible GUV participants from the 2014-21 cohort. The scholarship will help students pay for their college expenses. Review the information below to learn more about the scholarship. For questions, email guvscholarship@schev.edu.

AlertOnly students who participated in GEAR UP Virginia between 2014 and 2021 can apply for the scholarship. 

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Submit the Enrollment and Payment Request Form and supporting documents at least 2 weeks before the start of the term the student wants to begin receiving payment, to allow time for processing.

NOTE: Payments will be delayed until late in the term for students who submit their forms and/or documents after the start of the term and anything submitted after the following final deadlines for each term will not be accepted: Summer 2021 - June 30, 2021; Fall 2021 - November 1, 2021; Spring 2022 - March 15, 2022




GUV Remind Flyer - Resources, Services & Support in 20-21

 

Eligibility Requirements

To receive a GUV scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a GUV participant (must have a signed release form on file at SCHEV)
  • Have earned a high school diploma or recognized equivalent
  • Be enrolled in a two- or four-year undergraduate degree program or high-quality certification program at an eligible institution of higher education (in Virginia or out-of-state, but within the U.S. or its territories).
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be eligible for/offered Federal Student Aid
  • Be less than 22 years old at the time of award and disbursement

REMEMBER: The student, their college/university/trade school and their program/major must be eligible for and participate in Federal Student Aid.

Scholarship Payment Options and Amounts

Option 1: For students who enroll and claim the scholarship no later than the second fall semester of high school graduation (for 2020 graduates this means no later than Fall 2021 and for 2021 graduates this means no later than Fall 2022) 
  • Receive up to $5,000 for two semesters or three quarters (up to $2,500 per semester or $1,667 per quarter).
  • You may choose to use this scholarship for any of the two semester groupings below:
  • For 2020 high school graduates, you may choose to use this scholarship for any of the two remaining semester groupings below:
    • Summer 2021 and Fall 2021
    • Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
  • For 2021 high school graduates, you may choose to use this scholarship for any of the two semester groupings below:
    • Summer 2021 and Fall 2021
    • Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
    • Spring 2022 and Summer 2022
    • Fall 2022 and Spring 2023
  • Award amount will be reduced for students enrolled less than full-time (see payment chart).
  • Awards cannot exceed the maximum semester/quarter amounts. Any unused funds will be forfeited by the student.
  • Awards are contingent upon availability of funds.
Option 2: For students who enroll and claim the scholarship after the second fall semester of high school graduation (for 2020 graduates this means after Fall 2021 and for 2021 graduates this means after Fall 2022)
  • Receive a one-time award of up to $2,000 (but no less than $600) for one term (semester or quarter) of your choice. 
  • Award amount will be reduced for students enrolled less than full-time (see payment chart).
  • Awards cannot exceed the maximum semester/quarter amounts. Any unused funds will be forfeited by the student.
  • Awards are contingent upon availability of funds.

Scholarship Payment Chart

The amount depends on which scholarship option you choose and your enrollment level. Awards cannot exceed the maximum semester/quarter amounts. Any unused funds will be forfeited by the student.

GEAR UP Scholarship payment options

Application Process

  • STUDENT (Application Step 1) - If you have not already done so, you must complete the online GUV Exit Form.
  • STUDENT (Application Step 2)
    1. Complete the online GUV Scholarship Enrollment and Payment Request Form
    2. Email the following supporting documents to guvscholarship@schev.edu (see note below). PDFs, screenshots and pictures of documents are acceptable. Documents must include the student and college name.
      • Your college acceptance letter or class schedule, and
      • Your financial aid award notification/offer showing the names and amounts of your financial aid awards. You must successfully submit a FAFSA to receive a financial aid award notification/offer from your college.
      NOTE: Before emailing your documents, please blackout any sensitive information - such as student ID number or social security number - included in your documents. If you would prefer to send the documents through a secure, encrypted email, please send a request for access to guvscholarship@schev.edu.
  • SCHEV - SCHEV will review your GUV Scholarship Enrollment and Payment Request Form and supporting documents to determine if you meet eligibility requirements. You will receive an email from guvscholarship@schev.edu letting you know of your tentative eligibility. Final eligibility will be verified at a later date by the college financial aid office per the payment process below.
  • STUDENT - You should report the scholarship to your college financial aid office. The college may require you to complete an outside scholarship form they provide. The college may choose to post the scholarship in a pending status until funds are recieved.
    Also, make sure you complete the entire FAFSA/financial aid process (including verification, if applicable) with your college and register for classes.
  • At this point, the student will have done all they need to do to claim the scholarship. The rest of the process is between SCHEV and the college.

Payment Process

  • After the college’s census/drop date each term, SCHEV will email a student verification form to the college.
  • The college will verify the student’s enrollment level, federal student aid eligibility, and final scholarship amount and submit completed form to SCHEV.
  • Once received the verification form is received, SCHEV will process payments and send the funds directly to the college (via check or electronic deposit).
    • Please be aware of the following:
      • Multiple state agencies are involved in this process, so it may take up to 4 weeks (after the verification form is received) for the funds to be approved and sent to the college.
      • New and/or out-of-state institutions must complete an additional form to receive payment from the state, so the payment process can take much longer depending on how soon they submit all required forms to SCHEV.
  • The college will then post the scholarship to the student’s college account. Funds may be used to help pay for educational-related expenses (e.g., tuition, fees, room, board, etc.) within the student’s cost of attendance (COA).

Additional Important Information

  • Awards cannot exceed the maximum semester/quarter amounts. Any unused funds will be forfeited by the student.
  • The student’s final scholarship amount will be determined by their enrollment level and COA budget, which is a budget set by the college financial aid office.
    • Amount may be reduced by the college if the award, when combined with other gift aid (scholarships and grants), exceeds the student's COA budget. Colleges normally reduce loans then unclaimed work-study before reducing gift aid.
  • There are no income restrictions on the GUV scholarship, but students must complete the entire FAFSA/financial aid process (including verification, if applicable) with their college and be eligible for/offered some type of federal student aid (i.e., grants or loans).
  • If the scholarship creates a refund on a student’s account, those funds may be refunded to the student by the college following the college’s refund policies. Do not depend on your refund to be processed in time for you to purchase school supplies needed at the beginning of classes.
  • If a student has a balance due on their account and are waiting for GUV scholarship funds to pay that remaining balance, Virginia colleges usually work with students to prevent holds, late fees or other issues. Please email us at guvscholarship@schev.edu if you have concerns.

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