GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal initiative designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and excel in postsecondary education. Texas GEAR UP is focused on building a college-going culture that inspires students, families, and community members in every corner of the state.
To provide a little extra context, "Texas GEAR UP" refers to all GEAR UP grants operating in Texas. This includes the GEAR UP state grant, plus 11 partnership grants located in regions throughout the state—each serving the specific needs of the students in their communities.
Texas GEAR UP spearheads a wide variety of statewide initiatives to enhance college awareness and readiness for traditionally underserved students in grades 6-12. Throughout the entire Texas GEAR UP family, there are countless passionate, innovative minds supporting student success through their hard work on campuses with students and educators, and in communities with families and partners. We can't wait to see what this next generation of Texans will achieve...Learn more about the Texas GEAR UP State Grant
The Texas GEAR UP State Grant funds the development of this site as a part of the GEAR UP statewide college-readiness initiatives. The state grant is managed by the Texas Education Agency.
Federal funds awarded for GEAR UP grants across the country are authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965 and managed by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) Office of Postsecondary Education. Through the grant-awarding process, the USDE approves the creation of statewide resources (such as this site), and monitors the growth and success of grantees' college readiness initiatives.
The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to increase access to higher education for economically-disadvantaged students. NCCEP is the Department of Education's designated technical assistance and training provider for the state and partnership grants who receive GEAR UP federal funds.