2016 Annual Report: GEAR UP Iowa
In fall 2014, Iowa College Aid was awarded a second federal GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant. The seven-year project began supporting students in the seventh grade and will follow them as they progress through their first year of postsecondary education. The program is a partnership with 12 school districts and nearly 40 partnering institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. Students and families receive a variety of services to prepare them academically, financially and inspirationally to enroll and succeed in college. Upon enrollment in college, GEAR UP Iowa students will receive modest scholarships for up to four years. The federal award represents 50 percent of the total project budget. The other 50 percent will be matching funds from 36 partners across the state, totaling $22,670,801.
Criteria: Awarded to students in the first GEAR UP Iowa cohort (high school graduating class of 2014)
Total number of recipients: 2,176
Maximum award: $2,600
Total awards: $4,949,418