The U.S. Department of Education has released a Request for Proposals for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). The program is intended to enhance the preparation of low-income students so that they are more likely to succeed in postsecondary education.

Two types of grants are available, each for up to 7 years: state grants, and partnership grants. Both are designed to provide services to students in high-poverty middle and high schools. The Partnership grant applications are due April 19th, 2017. The State applications are due April 24th, 2017.

Competitive Preference Priority points are available to projects that have a strong design to reduce the need for remedial education at the postsecondary level, including for students with disabilities. Priority points are also available to programs that implement at least one strategy supported by moderate evidence of effectiveness.

The evaluation section of the grant is worth 20 points, and requires the evaluator to align measures to the Government Performance and Reporting Act (GPRA) measures for the grant line, as well as the program as designed.

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