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GEAR UP Virginia

Program Description

In effort to increase student college enrollment and success and to transform the lives of low-income families and their communities, GEAR UP Virginia (GUV) began offering college preparatory services and skills development to a cohort of seventh-grade students at 28 middle schools in 15 school districts beginning in 2014-15. These students will receive support through their first year of college, following high school graduation in 2020. GUV also offers critical college preparation services annually to up to 50 homeless youth (priority students), during their senior year at four school divisions, and supports them through their first year of college.

Services Provided

  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants

Demographics

First-Generation

  • Less than 25%