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COVID-19 Update: GEAR UP will continue providing services to all participants and families via phone, Remind messaging, email and/or video conferencing.

About Us

Learn about the GEAR UP team and the school sites they service


Resources for students to be competitive in college


Resources for Parents to support their students in the college planning process

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 to improve access to higher education for low income, minority and disadvantaged first-generation students and their families. GEAR UP grants serve an entire cohort of students beginning in seventh grade and follows the cohort through their first-year of college.

CSUMB GEAR UP serves the cohorts of the graduating class of 2019, 2020 and 2022. Students do not have to fill out an application or meet criteria. Students from CSUMB GEAR UP schools are enrolled into the program from the start of the semester.

Schools we serve:

South County Schools

Salinas Schools

Seaside Schools


(831) 582-4083