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GEAR UP stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs” and is a national college access initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant program is designed to increase the number of low-income students enrolled and succeeding in postsecondary education. By 2026, GEAR UP North Carolina will provide academic preparation and college access services to nearly 35,000 students and their families.

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North Carolina offers a variety of affordable postsecondary options!

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Resource Center

Check our Resource Center to find the college and career planning tools you can use to be successful!

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Success Coaches

Meet our Success Coaches advising GEAR UP students across the state during their first year of college!

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