A Look at GEAR UP in Michigan

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National GEAR UP Week 2015 is September 21-25, and in honor of the week, we wanted to shine the light on Michigan's GEAR UP program. In 1998, Congress created GEAR UP or "Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs". The mission of GEAR UP is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

MIGEARUPMichigan is one of thirty-nine U.S. states that implements GEAR UP, and runs one of the largest programs nationwide. Michigan's GEAR UP (or MI GEAR UP) serves over 11,000 students and works to create a college-going culture through 15 partner colleges.

The key word for this college access program is "Early." Unlike other efforts to improve academic achievement, MI GEAR UP implements a cohort model and begins working with students as early as middle school and remains actively involved in their academic lives through the first year of college. The idea is to make low‐income children aware of their potential – to open their eyes to opportunities and help them perform to their maximum ability.

MI GEAR UP provides a suite of programs and services such as tutoring, mentoring, rigorous academic, preparation, financial education and college scholarships to improve access to higher education for low income, underrepresented and disadvantaged first‐generation students and their families. 

For more information about GEAR UP in Michigan visit www.migearup.org or www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,4636,7-128-60969_61016-274567--,00.htm

Sarah Anthony headshot 2013Author: Sarah Anthony, director of finance and strategic partnership, Michigan College Access Network
Posted: September 16, 2015

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