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History of GEAR UP

A brief histoy of GEAR UP

1998

GEAR UP is authored by Congressman Chaka Fattah and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. GEAR UP is approved as an amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965, to address the education gap facing low-income students in postsecondary education.

1999

The first GEAR UP grants were awarded in August of 1999. There were two types of recipients: partnership and state agencies. Partnership grantees were required to create meaningful and continuing partnership with school districts, colleges, and other community/private organizations. State GEAR UP projects were not bound to this provision.    

In this year, the Department of Education awarded 164 partnership grantees and 21 state grantees.

2000

The Department of Education funded 80 new grantees (73 partnerships, 7 states).

2001

GEAR UP projects increased by 8 (6 partnerships, 2 states).  

2002

The Department of Education awarded 51 new grantees (45 partnerships, 6 states).

2003

No new grants were funded by the Department of Education.

2004

For a second year, the Department of Education did not award new grants.    

2005

There there were 641 GEAR UP projects across the country, and the Department Education funded 125 new GEAR UP projects (98 partnerships, 27 states).

2008

By this year, only 5 states in the country did not have a GEAR UP grant.

2011

On September 26, Central Washington University is awarded a GEAR UP grant with a budget of $11.2 million over 6 years. Sixty-six new grantees are awarded (47 partnerships, 19 states).  

2012

The Department of Education awarded 4 partnerships, 7 states.

2013

There were no new awards made this fiscal year.

2014

Central Washington University is awarded a second GEAR UP grant with a budget of $12.8 million over 7 years. Thirty-seven new GEAR projects are funded (27 partnerships, 10 states).

2015

In this year, only four projects are funded (3 partnerships, 1 state).

2016  

The Department of Education awarded 5 partnerships, 5 states.

2017

Thirty-four GEAR UP projects are funded (24 partnerships, 10 states).

2018

The Department of Education awarded 61 new grantees (55 partnership, 6 states).

 

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