By Katerina Belales
ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – The State of New York received a $28 million Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
According to Governor Kathy Hochul, the seven-year grant will help more than 6,200 low-income students prepare for and succeed in college.
“My administration is committed to expanding equitable access to higher education for all of New York’s students,” Governor Hochul said in a press release. “By providing resources to students from low-income households, we are eliminating barriers to a postsecondary education and ensuring all New Yorkers have the tools needed to thrive. Setting our students up for success will help put them at the greatest competitive advantage in our state, nation, and beyond.”
Beginning in 7th grade, students will have access to support services such as tutoring and homework assistance, academic counseling, mentoring, college and career counseling, financial literacy, college tours and summer academies. Parents and guardians will also receive services to help their children, and teachers, counselors and administrators will receive professional development training.
This is New York’s fourth consecutive year receiving a GEAR UP award, with the state being one of only two to be funded by the U.S. Department of Education in 2022.