Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

Provides 6-or 7-year grants to States and Partnerships to provide support, and maintain a commitment, to eligible low-income students, including students with disabilities, to help the students obtain a secondary school diploma (or its recognized equivalent) and to prepare for, and succeed in, postsecondary

GEAR UP has two major service components.

All projects provide a comprehensive set of early intervention services including mentoring, tutoring, academic and career counseling, services to increase parental involvement, and other college preparation activities like exposure to college campuses and financial aid information and assistance.

Some projects provide college scholarships to participating students.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Kern Community College District $ 311,474   2021-10-012022-09-30
School District Of Philadelphia, The $ 4,394,400   2021-10-012022-09-30
Graham County Community College District $ 6,395,774   2014-09-252020-12-24
Hillsborough County School District $ 2,632,080   2014-09-252020-09-24
Education, Nevada Department Of $ 20,999,370   2012-07-232020-07-22
Northern Arizona University $ 24,325,392   2012-07-232020-07-22
Higher Education, New Mexico Department Of $ 26,279,219   2012-07-232020-07-22
South Carolina State University $ 3,547,570   2012-07-232020-07-22
Utah State University $ 15,092,525   2012-07-232020-07-22
Education, South Dakota Department Of $ 15,407,574   2011-09-262020-06-01

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

(1) State Grants.

States receiving funds are required (unless they receive a waiver) to provide both the early intervention services and a scholarship component, targeted to low-income students in grades K-12.

At least 50 percent, but not more than 75 percent, of the grant funds must be used to provide scholarships to participating students.

Conversely, at least 25 percent, but not more than 50 percent, of the funds must be used for required and permissible activities.

To meet the matching requirement, States must cover at least 50 percent of the project costs with cash or in-kind contributions from non-Federal sources.

(2) Partnership Grants.

Eligible partnerships consist of one or more local educational agencies and one or more degree granting institutions of higher education and not less than two other community organizations or entities such as businesses, professional organizations, State agencies, institutions, or other public or private agencies or organizations.

Partnerships receiving funds are not required to provide a scholarship component.

However, they are required to provide services to at least one cohort or grade level of students beginning no later than the 7th grade, in a school that has a 7th grade, and in which at least 50 percent of the students enrolled are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, or to an entire grade level of students, not later than the 7th grade, who reside in public housing. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate, which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.564-76.569.

For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group at (202) 708-7770.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A State, or a partnership consisting of one or more local educational agencies one or more degree granting institutions of higher education; and at least two community organizations or entities, such as businesses, professional associations, community-based organizations, philanthropic organizations, State agencies, parent groups, and/or nonprofit organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Low-income students and students in high-poverty schools.


OMB Circular No. A-21 applies. OMB Circular No. A-122 applies. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. In any fiscal year in which funds are available for new awards, the Department of Education publishes a notice in the Federal Register inviting applications and establishing a deadline date.

Award Procedures

Peer review panels composed of representatives from public and private higher education, and State, and local education agencies having expertise in elementary, secondary, and higher education.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Chapter 2.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Notification usually is made within 4 months of the deadline for submission of applications.


Not Applicable.


Applications for renewal of multi-year projects are processed and funded before those for new projects. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: The statute requires a cash or in-kind match from non-Federal sources. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are made for up to 7 years, subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75).

Generally, annual performance and financial reports are required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Annual performance reports are required as part of the submittal of form ED 524B.

Annual expenditures reports are required as part of the submittal of form ED 524B.

Staff also monitor grant drawdown using agency financial reports.

Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of form ED 524B.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR part 75). Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance and performance must be maintained for a period of 3 years after completion of the grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $322,588,000; FY 17 est $338,831,000; and FY 18 est $218,817,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

State grants: Average award in FY 16, $3,650,024. Partnership grants: Average award in FY 16, $1,840,065.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Education Department General Administrative Regulations, EDGAR; 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99 and 34 CFR Part 694; OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, A-122, and A-133.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Karmon Simms-Coates, State Service, Office of Postsecondary Education, College Access Challenge Grant Program, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 453-7197

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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