Are you a Montana GEAR UP student attending a Montana college in the fall? If so, Montana GEAR UP will reimburse expenses related to orientation this summer!
Step 1: Fill out the survey here
Step 2: Register for orientation through your campus (click on the link for your campus if you have not registered already)
UM: Choose "pay by check" -Students must register 2 weeks prior to orientation for GEAR UP to cover the cost ahead of time. Those registering less than two weeks from orientation will be reimbursed after attendance at orientation is confirmed.
MSU: Students need to either call Hilja to register by phone at 406-994-2827, or print the registration form from the website here and mail it in. Mailed in registration forms must be marked “GEAR UP”. Students must register 2 weeks prior to orientation for GEAR UP to cover the cost ahead of time. Those registering less than two weeks from orientation will be reimbursed after attendance was confirmed.
MSU Billings: Fee is covered by financial aid.
UM-Western: No orientation fee. GEAR UP will provide travel reimbursements for travel to attend a Bulldog Bound event.
All other campuses: Email Jamie Jones or call her at 406-444-0350 for information.
Step 3: Have your parent/guardian (or whoever is traveling with you and requesting to be reimbursed) fill out and sign the W-9 here and fax it to 406-444-0425 or email it to Jessie Bliss along with a copy of a driver's license and proof of car insurance. Reimbursement will be sent after GEAR UP receives confirmation that you have attended orientation.
- Registration fees (if applicable)
- Mileage to and from campus at a rate of $0.26/mile
- Meals for 1 student and 1 adult not provided during orientation
- Lodging for 1 adult during the orientation at current state rate
If paying for orientation travel expenses up front poses a financial hardship, please contact Jamie Jones at 406-444-0350 or Jessie Bliss at 406-444-0056 and alternative arrangements can be made.
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