GEAR UPGEAR 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.

2014 Competition Request for Proposal

Expected to be released in Spring 2014. Visit the Department of Education- GEAR UP website for the most current information.

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.


The AVID College Readiness System is an effective and proven component of a GEAR UP project designed to significantly increase college readiness. The AVID Overview and Alignment Chart will be updated once the 2014 RFP is published.

The 2011 AVID-GEAR UP Alignment Chart matches GEAR UP requirements with AVID System components.

The 2011 AVID-GEAR UP Overview has been developed specifically to assist grant writers incorporating AVID as the foundational academic component of projects

Journey to Schoolwide AVID is a snapshot of how AVID strategies, implemented throughout a school, impact the lives and futures of all students.

AVID-GEAR UP Research & Results  

Successful Partnerships and Resources