Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive grant program of the U.S. Department of Education that increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing States and local community-education partnerships six-to-seven year grants to offer support services to high-poverty, middle and high schools.
Applications for New Awards; Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (Partnership Grants)
Purpose of Program: The GEAR UP Program is a discretionary grant program that provides funding for academic and related support services to eligible low-income students, including students with disabilities and English learners, to help them to obtain a secondary school diploma and to prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education. Under the GEAR UP Program, the Department awards grants to two types of entities: (1) States and (2) partnerships comprised, at minimum, of institutions of higher education and local educational agencies.
Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $322,754,000 for the GEAR UP Program for FY 2017, of which we intend to use an estimated $49,000,000 for new GEAR UP awards.
The estimated funding available for the new GEAR UP Partnership awards is $24,500,000.
Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$7,000,000.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $1,200,000.
Maximum Award: We will not fund any application for a partnership grant above the maximum award of $800 per student for a single budget period of 12 months.
Estimated Number of Awards: Twenty.
Two things are made very evident in this award, the federal government acknowledges that high-poverty middle and high schools exist in our current system of education and that there are many low-income students who are ill prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.
What may not be so evident to the general populous is, while this program is laudable, it suggests that our government is willing to help only a few low-income students, in only twenty venues across the country, succeed with a maximum amount of only $800.00 per year, per student.
It would be less expensive, more effective and efficient to provide every child in America with an excellent education.
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