GEAR UP Central

UCO receives funding for its GEAR UP program through the U.S. Department of Education. GEAR UP was established in 1998 during President Bill Clinton’s Administration. The program awards six-year grants to states and 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. Grant funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students. UCO’s GEAR UP Central program is designed to build systematic change within target schools; creating a culture transformation to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

GEAR UP Central motivates and supports students from low-income, persistently lowest-achieving schools. GEAR UP Central serves over 1,000 eligible students within the target school districts (Crutcho, Mid-Del, Millwood, Western Heights) in a cohort model designed to build a college-going culture starting in the 7th grade.

From seventh grade through their first year of college, GEAR UP Central helps prepare students to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. This program provides after-school and Saturday tutorial sessions, mentoring, counseling, financial guidance, test preparation, information about financial aid, summer enrichment programs and project-based learning opportunities for students. ( |

Gear Up Central