GEAR UP Online Summer Bridge Program

July 1 - July 31, 2020

This program has now ended; while the content will remain available on ICON (under your ongoing courses section), the opportunity to earn money for textbooks has ended.

We can’t wait for you to be a Hawkeye! As a GEAR UP Iowa student enrolling in the University of Iowa this fall, you will participate in an online bridge program throughout the month of July. While we know you were excited to attend an in-person program, rest assured that this experience will still be engaging, unique, and helpful as you prepare for the fall semester. 

And... you can earn up to $100 for textbook purchases at the University of Iowa Book Store!

Registration is not required as all GEAR UP Iowa students will automatically have an opportunity to participate. Make sure you check this page frequently because new information will be added regularly as we get closer to July 1st. Also, be on the lookout for mail and emails with additional information and reminders.


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How will I earn money for textbooks?

Students will earn the first $50 by completing all 10 sessions of the core curriculum. To earn additional money, students will then select 5 of the 10 electives to earn up to $50 more ($10 per elective). Students are welcome to complete more than 5 electives, but the total amount earned for the program will not exceed $100.

How will I receive my payment?

Payments will be administered through the Office of Student Financial Aid and made available for spending at the University of Iowa Book Store (more specifics on how this will work are coming soon). You will not receive cash payments or store credit.

How will I access the GEAR UP Online Summer Bridge program?

Students will access program content via ICON. We will take care of getting you access to the content, all you will need to do is log into ICON AND accept our course invitation (these will be sent in late June). Content will not be available before July 1, and you will have until July 31st to complete the program.

Is this the same thing as summer Orientation or On Iowa or Success at Iowa?

No. The GEAR UP Summer Bridge Program is an online program for GEAR UP Iowa students that is being held in addition to other summer programming. All students should still plan to participate in other requirements such as Orientation, Success at Iowa (CSI:1600), and On Iowa!. GEAR UP Bridge programming will not duplicate the information you receive in these other programs. Instead, it will provide you with a unique opportunity to further prepare for college classes.

I don't have adequate internet access. How can I still participate in this program?

Please contact the University of Iowa GEAR UP team at GEARUP-UI@uiowa.edu to discuss alternative plans.

Is this program still free?

Yes! You will not be charged a fee to participate.

How will content be delivered?

Lots of ways! Students will be invited to attend virtual Supplemental Instruction sessions or mock lectures, watch live webinars and videos, submit work for feedback, and participate in other engaging activities. Every effort is being made to make sure this experience is informative, interesting, and relevant to your college preparation.

Will I receive course credit for completing the GEAR UP Summer Bridge content?

No. Even though the content is being delivered via ICON, this is not a credit-bearing course and you will not receive academic credit or be assigned a final grade (and this will not be listed on your academic transcript or course schedule). Remember, this is not the same thing as CSI:1600 Success at Iowa, which is a credit bearing course.

I have so many more questions! Where can I get more answers?

We will continue to post information on this website as we get closer to July 1. However, you are also welcome to contact us with your questions.


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