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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 


If you want to start receiving your scholarship payments for:
  • FALL 2020, you must submit your Payment and Enrollment Request Form and supporting enrollment and financial aid documents by NOVEMBER 1, 2020.

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 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 Amounts and Payment Options

Option 1: For students who enroll by Fall 2021
  • Receive up to $5,000 for one academic year (up to $2,500 per semester or $1,667 per quarter based on full-year, full-time enrollment).
  • You may choose to use this scholarship for one academic year (2020-21 or 2021-22). Payments cannot be split between academic years.
  • Amount depends on enrollment level; award amount will be reduced for students enrolled less than full-time.
Option 2: For students who enroll after Fall 2021 (or do not choose Option 1)
  • Receive a one-time award of up to $2,000 (but no less than $600) for one term of your choice. 
  • Amount depends on enrollment level; award amount will be reduced for students enrolled less than full-time.
Click here for chart with scholarship payment amounts broken down by enrollment level

Application Process

  • STUDENT (Application Step 1) - You must complete the GUV Exit Form before graduating high school.
  • SCHEV - SCHEV will email a link to the online GUV Scholarship Enrollment and Payment Request Form along with instructions to all students who have complete a GUV Exit Form.
  • STUDENT (Application Step 2) - You must complete and submit the online GUV Scholarship Enrollment and Payment Request Form, then submit the following supporting documents to SCHEV via mail or secure email:
    • Your college acceptance letter or class schedule, and
    • Your financial aid award notification/offer (letter, email or screenshot from your college)with a detailed list of your financial aid awards.
  • SCHEV - SCHEV will review GUV Scholarship Enrollment and Payment Request Form and supporting documents to determine if the student meets eligibility requirements. If the student meets requirements, they will receive a tentative award letter within 2 to 3 weeks via email. Final eligibility will be verified at a later date by the college financial aid office. 
  • STUDENT - You should report the scholarship to your college financial aid office. The college may choose to post the scholarship in a pending status. Also, make sure you enroll in 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

  • Each term, after the college’s add/drop period ends, SCHEV will send 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. 
  • Within about 2 to 3 weeks of receipt, SCHEV will process payments and send the funds directly to the college (via check or direct deposit).
  • Scholarship funds will then be posted 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

  • The student’s final scholarship amount will be determined by your enrollment level and COA, 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 cost of attendance budget. Colleges normally reduce loans then unclaimed work-study before reducing gift aid.
  • No income restrictions but GUV students must complete the entire FAFSA/financial aid awarding process and be eligible for some type of federal student aid (i.e., grants or loans).
  • Payments cannot be split between academic years. If you choose Option 1, you must use those funds within one academic year. Any unused funds will be forfeited.
  • If the scholarship creates a refund on a student’s account, those funds may be refunded to the student by the college. Do not depend on your refund to be processed in time for you to purchase school supplies needed at the beginning of classes.
  • If you have a balance due on your account and are waiting for GUV scholarship funds to pay that remaining balance, colleges (especially Virginia colleges) usually work with students to prevent holds/other issues. 

Resources for Recipients

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

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