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Michigan Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (MI GEAR UP)
MI GEAR UP: Early awareness, college access, academic success
Michigan Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (MI GEAR UP) is a college access initiative providing students and families the support and resources they need for college success.
Since its inception in 1999, MI GEAR UP has improved educational outcomes for low-income, academically disadvantaged students across Michigan.
The MI GEAR UP Program works with high schools throughout the state to offer students the academic skills, information and encouragement they need to not only graduate from high school, but to apply, attend and gain the skills necessary to earn a college or university degree.
MI GEAR UP prepares students for postsecondary success by offering a variety of services throughout the student’s educational career and progression in the program — from their 9th grade to their first year of college.
By providing an opportunity for underrepresented students to discover firsthand the potential of a college education, MI GEAR UP gives students the support they need to achieve success in high school — and beyond.
Preparing students for success!
Who can participate in MI GEAR UP?
Michigan’s 15 public universities work statewide with economically and academically disadvantaged students in 51 of Michigan’s school districts and 90 school buildings. Each location has a student population of at least 50 percent qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
The MI GEAR UP program is specifically equipped to assist low-income students and their families, while providing partnership opportunities for educators and counselors.
Did you know?
MI GEAR UP...
- is a federally-funded program designed to increase the number of economically-disadvantaged students who are prepared to enter — and be successful in — postsecondary education.
- partners with Michigan's 15 public universities and valuable external community organizations to provide early intervention services and a scholarship component.
- aims to increase the postsecondary expectations and readiness of students, improve high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment rates, and raise the knowledge of postsecondary options, preparation and financing among students and families.
- serves a cohort of students, beginning in the seventh grade and follows them through the first two years of college to help ensure academic and career success.
- provides an opportunity for students to discover, first-hand, the potential of a college education and to expose students to the information, knowledge and skills they need to prepare themselves for college entry and success.
- offers student participants a variety of services including college visits, in-school workshops, tutoring, mentoring and summer camps.
- increases students’ awareness of the requirements to enter into post-secondary education by providing college exposure, information on financial literacy and admissions requirements — helping to build the critical thinking, test taking, and study skills necessary to be successful as they continue their education.
About the Michigan GEAR UP program
The mission of MI GEAR UP is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. This is done by providing opportunities for students to discover, first-hand, the potential of a college education through a variety of locally designed and innovative early intervention services.
MI GEAR UP prepares tomorrow’s workforce for jobs that are essential to the state's economic future in a knowledge based, global economy.
MI GEAR UP increases students' proficiency in math, science, reading, and technology to better prepare students for college and the workplace.
The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity’s King-Chávez-Parks (KCP) Initiative, and locally by its project partners.