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What is GEAR UP

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive grant program under the U.S. Department of Education that aims to increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing States and local community-educational partnerships via six-to-seven year grants to offer support services to high-poverty, middle and high schools.

GEAR UP provides critical early college awareness and support activities like tutoring, mentoring, academic preparation, financial education and college scholarships to improve access to higher education for low income, minority and disadvantaged first-generation students and their families.

GEAR UP provides both State and partnership grants. Through a competitive process, awardees receive six or seven year grants to provide services designed to raise the expectations of low-income students and families and to increase college attendance and success.

CSUMB was awarded a seven-year partnership grant in 2014 and will conclude in 2021

Schools we serve:

South County Schools

  • Greenfield High School
  • King City High School

Salinas Schools

  • Salinas High School
  • Everett Alvarez High School
  • El Puente School

Seaside Schools

  • Seaside High School


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