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

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Please note that the FY 2018 competition for the GEAR UP Program is closed.

  • 2018 GEAR UP State Application MS Word (576K)
  • 2018 GEAR UP Partnership Application MS Word (557K)

All applicants are required to submit an application online through is a single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by federal and other grant-making agencies.

Through you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may search for the downloadable application package for this program by CFDA number or the Funding Opportunity Number. For Partnership Grants, search for CFDA 84.334A or Funding Opportunity Number ED-GRANTS-060718-002; for State Grants, search for CFDA 84.334S or ED-GRANTS-006718-001. If you experience problems submitting your application through, refer to the Support page and/or contact the Support Desk, toll free, at 1-800-518-4726. For program-specific questions, contact the program officer below.

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

Additional Application Guidance

To assist applicants in applying for funding under the 2018 GEAR UP grant competitions, we developed a guidance document that contains frequently asked questions.

Tips and Assistance

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, to assist applicants in developing successful grant proposals, the Department of Education is sponsoring On-line Pre-Application Technical Assistance Workshops for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) 2018 State and Partnership Grant Competitions. We will share information regarding GEAR UP program requirements, the application submission process, and also address any questions regarding the competition. There will be a live on-line session from 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) and we will also offer an on-line recording of the live session from 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions after both sessions.

If you are interested in participating in one of these sessions, please provide your name, email, telephone number and identify the session you are interested in to by C.O.B. on June 15, 2018. Registration will be from June 11-15, 2018.

New Registration Process for System for Award Management. See letter here.

Peer Reviewers Needed

Office of Postsecondary Education peer reviewer information can be found in G5. Contact the program office for more information.

Application Contact

Karmon Simms-Coates, Program Lead,, 202-453-7917
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Postsecondary Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Room 278-54
Washington, DC 20202-6450


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