Indiana GEAR UP Bridge to College day grant deadline extended

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education, in partnership with Indiana Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate (GEAR UP), has extended the deadline for grant applications for the 2022-23 Indiana GEAR UP Bridge to College Day to Friday, August 5.

Bridge to College Days exposes high school juniors and seniors to postsecondary opportunities and assists them in completing the necessary steps for applications, financial aid, and college success.

The Indiana GEAR UP Bridge to College Day is designed to support collaborative efforts focused on the following college and career readiness priorities:

  • 21st Century Scholar Success Program (SSP) completion and maintaining academic eligibility
  • Parent and family engagement programming
  • Financial aid and literacy information
  • Understanding Indiana’s colleges and universities (campus tours, admissions process, departments/services)
  • Career exploration and preparation activities

Applicants are eligible to receive up to $10,000 for the program, event, or initiative(s) that are completed. Preference will be given to applications that focus on developing sustainable support for students and families at one or more of the 10 Indiana GEAR UP partner schools.

Funding for the grants is made possible through Indiana GEAR UP. Indiana GEAR UP is led by a collaborative team of staff from Purdue University and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Indiana GEAR UP will follow and provide support to a targeted cohort of students over the course of seven years (2016-23). One of the primary goals of Indiana GEAR UP is to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

View the full grant application and find details to apply here.

About the Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Created in 1971, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education plans, coordinates, and defines Indiana’s postsecondary education system to align higher learning with the needs of students and the state. The Commission also administers Indiana’s financial aid programs, including the 21st Century Scholars early college promise scholarship, which celebrated 30 years in 2020. Learn more about the Commission’s Reaching Higher in a State of Change strategic plan at