Public Affairs

Four CSU Campuses Receive $2.5 Million in GEAR UP Grants

Four California State University campuses have received a total of nearly $2.5 million in new grants to help disadvantaged middle-school students pursue a college education.  The grants are part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).

The CSU campuses are:

  • CSU Fresno - $240,000

  • CSU San Bernardino – $778,780

  • San Jose State University - $1,139,152

The GEAR UP program is designed to partner middle schools with universities an and other organizations to provide students and their families with support services to prepare for college.  It offers academic preparation and advanced course work to students in the sixth and seventh grades.  The purpose of the program is to encourage students to prepare for college and ensure them that with financial aid college is affordable. 

“Research shows us that early intervention and mentoring significantly increase the chances that low-income students will attend and graduate from college, particularly if they receive assistance at an early age,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.  “The quality of tomorrow’s workforce and the quality of life for countless Californians depends on what we do today to make sure these young students are prepared.  These grants will help CSU campuses do just that.”

The new grants are in addition to five-year grants that began last year, when eight CSU campuses garnered five-year grants totaling nearly $6 million annually for partnerships with middle schools.  Those campuses were: CSU Fresno ($240,000), CSU Fullerton ($185,000), CSU Hayward ($2.8 million), CSU Los Angeles ($476,000), CSU Northridge ($640,000), San Diego State ($398,000), San Jose State ($738,000), and CSU San Marcos ($430,000).  Those campuses will receive the same amount this year, meaning that altogether, ten CSU campuses will receive a total of about $8.4 million in 2000/01.

September 14, 2000