GEAR UP FAQs

How do I become part of Texas GEAR UP?

Thanks for your interest in joining Texas GEAR UP! The Texas GEAR UP program is focused on building a college-going culture that inspires students, families, and community members in every corner of the state.

Unfortunately, Texas GEAR UP only operates in schools and districts that have applied for and received the federal grant. If you’d like for your school to be part of GEAR UP, contact your school’s administration and let them know you’re interested in receiving the GEAR UP grant.

In the meantime, keep exploring this website to use the many free resources we have available to all students.

How can I get my student/school in Texas GEAR UP?

Thank you for your interest in Texas GEAR UP! GEAR UP is a discretionary grant program 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 offer services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.

The U.S. Department of Education runs a competitive GEAR UP grant competition approximately every two years, and partnerships of schools, non-profits, and higher education institutions are eligible to apply. You and your school can keep an eye out for notices here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/gearup/index.html

In the meantime, keep exploring this website to access the free resources, information, tools, and videos designed to help motivate and prepare all students to graduate high school and seek out a postsecondary education.

How can I get a GEAR UP grant?

GEAR UP is a discretionary grant program 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 offer services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.

The U.S. Department of Education runs a competitive GEAR UP grant competition approximately every two years, and partnerships of schools, non-profits, and higher education institutions are eligible to apply. You can keep an eye out for notices here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/gearup/index.html

How can I find out if a specific city or school is part of Texas GEAR UP?

You can head over to the Partnership Grant Projects section of this website and use the map feature to check the area you’re interested in. Click on the “U” icon closest to the city you’re wondering about, and the name of the nearest GEAR UP program will pop up. Click on “More Info” to read more about that particular grant—then scroll down for a list of all the school campuses that are part of their GEAR UP program.