Texas Receives $33M GEAR UP Grant

Texas is one of seven states to be awarded a $33 million federal grant to improve the postsecondary awareness, readiness and success of middle and high school students, reported the Texas Education Agency on Friday.

The seven-year grant for Gaining Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs or GEAR UP will support approximately 6,000 students in the Class of 2018, from seventh grade through graduation from high school. The new grant also includes a seventh year designed to help support students in their first year of college.

The grant will focus on conveying the importance of postsecondary education, defining the steps students must take to prepare, and building financial literacy skills to manage the costs of college. The project will also provide free resources to schools throughout the state to help with their college awareness efforts.

The agency will partner with the Institute for Public School Initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin, The College Board, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, and AMS Pictures to provide targeted services to selected districts and resources to be used statewide.

GEAR UP grants are competitive six or seven-year federal matching grants that target entire grades of students beginning in the seventh grade and encourage schools to partner with higher education and local organizations and businesses in order to leverage local resources and build a culture of high expectations in the community.

In addition to the state grant, Texas education institutions operate 19 partnership grants throughout the state. More than 70,000 students across the state receive GEAR UP services.

Read more about Texas GEAR UP.