Freshman Orientation

Let Montana GEAR UP pay for your Freshman Orientation expenses! GEAR UP will reimburse for expenses including:

  • orientation fees

  • mileage to and from campus at $0.258/mile

  • meals not included in orientation at a rate of

    • $5 for breakfast

    • $6 for lunch

    • $12 for dinner

  • hotel for guardian if applicable


Mail reimbursement documents to:

Montana GEAR UP
PO Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201

or submit by fax: 406-444-0425

Campus specific Orientation Registration Instructions:
University of Montana: Students must complete the GEAR UP Orientation Reimbursement Survey 2 weeks prior to orientation (Summer Orientation: complete by June 14, Fall Orientation complete by August 13) in order to be reimbursed. Those registering less than two weeks from orientation must register on the University of Montana website, and students will be reimbursed after attendance at orientation is confirmed.

Montana State University: students need to either call Hilja to register by phone, 406-994-2827, or print the registration form and mail it in. Mailed in registration forms must be marked “GEAR UP”. Students must register 2 weeks prior to orientation in order to be reimbursed. Those registering less than two weeks from orientation will be reimbursed after attendance at orientation is confirmed.

Other Campuses: No orientation fee, GEAR UP will provide travel reimbursements for travel to attend an orientation event.

2017 Youth Leadership Summit

The Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) gives high school students the opportunity to identify and maximize their leadership skills, create a supportive national network of GEAR UP students, and receive the tools and training to make positive change happen in their communities and around the world.

The 2017 YLS will take place from July 16th to 19th in San Francisco, CA. Visit the NCCEP website to learn more about the conference.

The deadline to apply for the YLS is April 7th. The following application material is required:

Please send all application materials to Marcus Strange ( and call 406-444-0056 with any questions.

2017 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference

The 2017 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference will be held from July 16-19th in San Francisco, CA. As in years past, we are encouraging GEAR UP professionals to submit applications to attend the conference. The application can be found here. Please send your submission to Marcus at

From the NCCEP website, "The Annual Conference is a time to highlight and hear from GEAR UP grantees and partners whose effective and results-driven programming represents teachable moments and best-practices for attendees. If you, your team, partners, or collaborators have something you want to share with the GEAR UP community, consider completing the RFP for the Annual Conference. The online proposal submission deadline is: February 24, 2017."

2017 College Fairs

Register today for one of the 18 upcoming college fairs brought to you by MPSEOC! Starting the week of Septmber 11th, fairs will take place at colleges and universities across Montana. Visit to register and to find more information.

Professional Development Opportunities (2016-2017)

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