AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Advancement Via Individual Determination


GEAR UP – Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs – is designed to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in higher education.

GEAR UP provides six- or seven-year grants to partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school.

The 2017 GEAR UP Competition is open!


Deadline for Partnership Applications is April 19, 2017; State Applications due April 24, 2017.


2017 Federal Register Notice dated March 10, 2017 for Partnership Applications.

Applicants should carefully review the official application found on Grants.gov.



The AVID College Readiness System is an effective and proven component of a GEAR UP project designed to significantly increase college readiness.

The AVID/GEAR UP Snapshot provides a quick overview of AVID and GEAR UP alignment and ways AVID could be incorporated into a GEAR UP project.

The AVID-GEAR UP Alignment Chart matches GEAR UP requirements for the most recent competition with AVID System components.

The AVID-GEAR UP Overview has been developed specifically to assist grant writers incorporating AVID as the foundational academic component of projects. 

AVID-GEAR UP Research & Results

Partnerships may wish to review program, curriculum and staff development options with their AVID regional or state director to ensure integration of components and accurate budgets.


AVID-GEAR UP Budget Development Template

Successful Partnerships and Resources