Ohio Receives Seven-Year, $28 Million GEAR UP Grant

COLUMBUS, Ohio (2021-09-30) — 

Ohio has been selected to receive federal funding under the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant.

The grant – from the U.S. Department of Education – is designed to help low-income and first-generation college students prepare for college and receive the support needed to achieve success in postsecondary education.

Ohio will receive $4 million annually for seven years to reduce barriers to college access and completion by:

  • increasing the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education of participating students;
  • increasing the rate of high school graduation and participation in colleges and universities;
  • increasing educational expectations for participating students; and
  • increasing student and family knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.

“The important work that will be accomplished through this opportunity is a reflection of Governor DeWine’s ongoing commitment to providing the wraparound services necessary to ensure that all students have an opportunity to succeed in higher education,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Chancellor Randy Gardner. “Meeting the state’s workforce goals means having more students with degrees or credentials, and the GEAR UP program will help us achieve that outcome with its specific focus on low-income and first-generation students.”

“Ohio’s GEAR UP project will continue to serve students and embed a college-going culture in communities,” said Carlos Bing, state director of GEAR UP Ohio at ODHE. “We’re pleased that Ohio is able to continue this worthwhile effort to put students on a path to a successful future.”

Ohio’s GEAR UP project will serve approximately 8,000 students enrolled at 17 schools in six diverse communities.

About the Ohio Department of Higher Education

The Ohio Department of Higher Education is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.

Contact Information: 

Ohio Department of Higher Education Contact:
Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487
Email: jrobinson@highered.ohio.gov