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 assist the students in obtaining a secondary school diploma (or its recognized equivalent) and to prepare for, and succeed in, postsecondary education. 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.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Chapter 2
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
A State, or a partnership consisting of one or more local educational agencies one or more degree granting institutions of higher education.
Low-income students and students in high-poverty schools.
OMB Circular No. A-21 applies. OMB Circular No. A-122 applies.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. 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.
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.
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
(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 total project costs with cash or in-kind contributions from non-Federal sources (as in, a dollar-for-dollar match). (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, but may if they choose to do so. 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. They are also required to cover 50 percent of the total project costs with cash o in-kind contributions from non-Federal sources.
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is voluntary. The statute requires a cash or in-kind match from non-Federal sources for 50% of the total project costs.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are made for up to 7 years, subject to the availability of funds. Electronic transfer
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Office of Postsecondary Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$350,000,000.00; FY 19 est $360,000,000.00; FY 20 est $360,000,000.00; FY 17 est $338,831,000.00; FY 16$322,588,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
State grants: Average award in FY 17, $3,328,109. Partnership grants: Average award in FY 17, $1,701,679.
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; 2 CFR part 200; OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, A-122, and A-133.
Examples of Funded Projects