Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)


Purpose: The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students. Grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school.

Partnership: The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) partnered with the Maryland Higher Commission (MHEC) to submit an application for the GEAR UP grant from the U.S. Department of Education and was awarded $13.2 million in funding. MSDE was designated as the fiscal agent for the grant program in the state of Maryland. MHEC receives a sub-award from the Maryland GEAR UP grant to provide services that support GEAR UP students in participating school districts.

Authorization: Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) and Other Applicable Grant Regulations; Super Circular. 2 CFR Part 200, 225, and 230 (OMB Uniform Guidance A-87).

Funded Programs: For more information on a GEAR UP supported program click on the program link listed below.