The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) program is a federal discretionary grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
The GEAR UP IV “Creating A Vision” project is a partnership grant between Texas A&M International University and 19 school districts throughout the southern part of Texas covering approximately 14,792 square miles. The grant is third largest in the nation and is designed to provide low-income students with the skills, motivation, and preparation needed to successfully pursue a postsecondary education and be successful in the postsecondary education setting. The focus of the project is to provide direct services to students through four strands: academic, assessment, college readiness and parental involvement. Each campus site has a College Access Team (Site Coordinator and College Access Coach) that provides direct services to students.