FR Doc 2010-24030
[Federal Register: September 24, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 185)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[CFDA No. 84.334A (Partnership grants)]

 
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs 
(GEAR UP)

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of intent to fund down the fiscal year (FY) 2008 grant 
slate for the GEAR UP Program.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary intends to use the grant slate developed in FY 
2008 for the GEAR UP Program authorized by Title IV, Part A of the 
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to make new grant 
awards in FY 2010. The Secretary takes this action because a 
significant number of high-quality applications remain on the FY 2008 
grant slate. We expect to use an estimated $4,481,799 for new awards in 
FY 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Davis, U.S. Department of 
Education, 1990 K Street, NW., 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20006-8524. 
Telephone: (202) 502-7676 or via Internet: James.Davis@ed.gov.
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INFORMATION CONTACT.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On November 5, 2007, we published a notice in the Federal Register 
(72 FR 62449) inviting applications for new awards under the GEAR UP 
Program.
    In response to this notice, we received a significant number of 
high-quality applications for grants under the GEAR UP Program and made 
seven new State grant awards and 31 new Partnership grant awards. 
Additionally, after determining that the amount of FY 2009 funding 
available for new GEAR UP awards was too small to warrant a new 
competition, we published a notice in the Federal Register on May 8, 
2009 (74 FR 21671), of our intent to make FY 2009 GEAR UP program 
awards by funding down the FY 2008 funding slate. Accordingly, the 
Department awarded new FY 2009 GEAR UP program awards to the next 
highest scoring State proposal and the five next highest scoring 
partnership proposals.

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However, many applications that were awarded high scores by peer 
reviewers still did not receive funding.
    We have recently learned that very limited funding is available for 
new awards under this program in FY 2010. Because any new awards must 
be made by September 30, 2010, we have decided to select grantees in FY 
2010 from the existing slate of applicants from the FY 2008 
competition. This slate was developed during the FY 2008 competition 
using the selection criteria, application requirements, and definitions 
referenced in the 2007 Federal Register notice.

    Note: To be eligible to receive a grant pursuant to this notice, 
all applicants being considered for funding based on the funding 
slate for the FY 2008 competition must meet all statutory and 
regulatory eligibility criteria and other requirements for this 
program.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070a-21-1070-28.

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    Dated: September 21, 2010.
Eduardo M. Ochoa,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
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