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GEAR UP -- Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

Mission: The mission of the federal GEAR UP program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post secondary education. This is done by promoting academic excellence through a variety of locally designed and innovative early intervention services.

NMU's GEAR UP grant is also supported by the King Chavez Parks Initiative College Day Program. Together, these grants help to support the students at North Star Academy.



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Click here for Federal Pell Grant and the TIP (Tuition Incentive Program).

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Median Earnings by Major and Subject



Fastest Growing Occupations

1. Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst ($18,610--96,860)
2. Physician Assistant ($16,460--74,390)
3. Medical Assistants ($16,460--74,390)
4. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians ($16,460--74,390)
5. Computer Application Software Engineers ($18,610--96,860)
6. Physical Therapist Aides ($16,460--74,390)
7. Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors ($7.09--26.22 hourly)
8. Database Administrators (16,460--74,390)
9. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians ($16,170--33,750)
10.Dental Hygienists ($8.45--39.24 hourly)

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Michigan's Hottest Careers

1. Engineering Managers ($52.93)
2. Construction Managers ($44.21)
3. Education Administrators, Postsecondary (42.49)
4. Management Analysts ($42.26)
5. Medical and Health Services Managers ($39.61)
6. Personal Financial Advisors ($38.82)
7. Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary ($38.53)
8. Physician Assistants ($38.10)
9. Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software ($38.08)
10.Computer Systems Analysts ($37.54)

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Michigan Private Colleges and Universities

Is a private school the right choice for you? Michigan private colleges and universities offer a wide range of education programs with degrees and certificates up to the doctoral level, as well as professional degrees such as law and medicine. Some private colleges and universities have a religious affiliation and others are secular. Private colleges and universities may be profit or non-profit institutions. More information on private institutions can be found here.



Helpful Tools

Check out these resources that can assist in your preparation for furthering your education.

Glossary of College Terms
Tuition Incentive Program & Federal Pell Grant
Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver
What can college do for you?

Nutrition & Exercise