Michigan’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs is a statewide, sustained and collaborative effort that provides early intervention services to low-income, underrepresented students and parents. The project will produce, support and disseminate college preparation and planning publications to students of the graduating class of 2017 and their families throughout the state. The MI GEAR UP program partners with Michigan’s 15 public higher education institutions and the Michigan Department of Treasury and Partnership For Learning to target and provide services to 38 public secondary school districts and 77 school buildings throughout Michigan. The goal is to improve the entry into post-secondary education of students from the targeted areas.

The program works with school districts in which 50 percent or more of the students enrolled in a targeted school are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches under the National School Lunch Act. All students in the grade will receive services, regardless of economic status. 

The program is a collaboration between Western Michigan University, the Michigan Workforce Development Agency and the U.S. Department of Education.