Partnerships consisting of (A) one or more local educational agencies (LEA), and (B) one or more degree granting institutions of higher education (IHE). Partnerships may also contain
not less than two other community organizations or entities, such as businesses, professional organizations, State agencies, institutions or agencies sponsoring programs authorized under the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Program.
The GEAR UP Program is a discretionary grant program that provides funding for academic and related support services
to eligible low-income students, including students with disabilities, to help them obtain a secondary school diploma and to prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education. Services must include providing financial aid information, encouraging enrollment in challenging coursework in order to reduce the need for remediation at the postsecondary level, and implementing activities to improve the number of students who obtain a high school diploma and complete applications for and enroll in a program of postsecondary education. GEAR UP funds
may also be used to provide a number of additional support services such as mentoring, tutoring, academic and career counseling, and exposure to college campuses.
Nofertary Fofana, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 7095, Washington, DC 20006-8524.Â Telephone: (202) 502-7533 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.