GEAR UP Georgia
In October 2016, Georgia received its first statewide GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness
and Readiness for Undergraduate Potential) Program Grant. On behalf of the Governor's
Office, the University System of Georgia will administer the seven-year, $21-million-dollar
grant awarded by the US Department of Education.
The statewide project will serve over 12,000 high need students in over 40 schools. The Muscogee County School District uses the "Cohort Strategy." This model will follow 7th and 8th grade students through middle school, high school and during their first year of college.
Increase targeted cohort student's academic performance and preparation for a post-secondary education
Increase student and family knowledge of financial options such as scholarships and grants for a post-secondary education
Increase student and family financial knowledge of post-secondary education options such as FAFSA completion, GA Futures, Scholarships and Grants