What is GEAR UP?
The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a discretionary grant that helps underrepresented students prepare for and succeed in college. CWU GEAR UP is 100% federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $18 million over seven years. We work with the same cohort of students from sixth and seventh grades through their high school graduation. The program currently has 3,334 active participants from the Classes of 2020 and 2021.