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					          CLASS OF 2011 GEAR UP SCHOLARS PROJECT - SCHOLARSHIP QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS



How do I get my GEAR UP Scholarship?


Your GEAR UP Scholarship is awarded in Guaranteed Education Tuition Units.

To receive your scholarship, you MUST complete and return all the documents listed on the GEAR UP Scholarship
Application Packet Instructions page.

Check off each item and make sure you fill in all the sections completely.

Mail all the documents in one envelope postmarked by July 15, 2011.

 How do I get my scholarship after the first year?

Send the GET Program your Intent to Enroll and Request Payment form by July 1st each year.

Fill out the FAFSA form as soon as you can after January 1st each year. Go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to fill it out
online.

 What if I don’t mail my application documents in time?

You will lose your scholarship. It is important to mail it on time.


I can’t enroll in college in fall 2011 because I am entering the military / have a medical condition / or other
reason. What do I do?

Fill out the Defer Use of Scholarship Request Form and submit to the GEAR UP Program by September 1, 2011.

Do I need to list my GEAR UP Scholarship GET Units on my FAFSA?

No

What if I haven’t filled out my Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?


You must fill it out before July 1, 2011.

Go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to fill it out online.


What do my GEAR UP Scholarship GET units pay for?


College tuition

State-mandated or college-specific fees

On-campus room and board.




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Can I use my GEAR UP Scholarship to get a second Bachelor’s Degree (BA)?


No, you may only use your GEAR UP Scholarship towards your first Bachelor’s Degree.


When can I find out how much my GET Units are worth each year?


The value of the GET Units is set by August 1st each year. You can go to the GET website to see how much each unit is
worth. www.get.wa.gov

Can my GEAR UP GET Units pay for remedial (less than 100 level) classes?

Yes

 Do I have to have a Social Security Number to get my GEAR UP Scholarship?

You have to have a valid Social Security Number or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) to be awarded and
use your GEAR UP Scholarship GET units.


When does my GEAR UP Scholarship Expire?


The GEAR UP Scholarship expires when all the units are used or by June 30, 2015, whichever comes first.



How do I contact the GET Program to let them know my address or personal information has changed or that I
am attending a different college?


The GET office is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST), excluding state holidays.

EMAIL
GETInfo@hecb.wa.gov

CALL
1-800-955-2318 (toll-free) or 360-753-7803 (Olympia)
Translation service is available for customers who do not speak English.

FAX
360-704-6200

MAIL
GET Program
P.O. Box 43450
Olympia, WA 98504-3450


Are the GEAR UP Scholarship forms online?



Yes, they are available here:

http://www.gearup.wa.gov/


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