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Alabama GEAR UP

  • Alabama GEAR UP
  • 5529 1st Ave S
    Suite 4
  • Birmingham, AL 35212
  • (205) 402-9801
  • 2009
  • Dr. Thomasyne Hill
  • Coordinator: GEAR UP Jefferson County & GEAR UP Alabama
  • (205) 402-9801 x711

Program Description

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive grant program of the U.S. Department of Education that increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing states and local community-education partnerships six-to-seven year grants to offer support services to high-poverty, middle and high schools.

In the fall of 2014, the University of Alabama at Birmingham was awarded the state grant, thus GEAR UP Alabama (GUA) was born. Servicing nearly 9,300 students in 42 schools across 21 school systems throughout the Black Belt Region of Alabama, GEAR UP Alabama has five objectives to meet the overall goal established by the grant:

  • Increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education for GEAR UP students.
  • Increase the rate of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education for GEAR UP students.
  • Increase GEAR UP studentsâ?? and their familiesâ?? knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.
  • Increase the percentage of GEAR UP students who enroll in and succeed in postsecondary education.
  • Increase the preparation of the project teachers and staff to teach and serve GEAR UP students.
  • Services Provided

    • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
    • Career exploration and counseling/internships
    • College admissions guidance and counseling
    • College transition and retention support
    • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
    • Leadership development
    • Mentoring


    Education Level and
    Number of Students

    • High School: 9300
    • Middle School: 0
    • Elementary School: 0
    • Post-secondary: 0
    • Non-traditional: 0

    Populations Served

    • Academically High-performing


    • Less than 25%

    Colleges Attended
    by Alumni

    • Alabama State University
    • Auburn University
    • Bevill State Community College
    • Central Alabama Community College
    • Enterprise State Community College
    • Miles College
    • Shelton State Community College
    • The University of Alabama
    • Troy University
    • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • University of Montevallo