is a discretionary grant program that 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 grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.
1. Increase academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education.
2. Increase high school graduation rate and participation in postsecondary education.
3. Increase student and parent/family knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.
4. Create a college-going culture in GEAR UP middle schools to ensure that all students have the opportunity, support, guidance, and information to obtain the skills and succeed in postsecondary education.
GEAR UP focuses on students from underserved schools, helping them prepare for success in college and gain access to Financial Aid. Currently we serve approximately 5,500 students and programs in 18 schools around the state of Nevada.
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