Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Federal GEAR UP Program May Need Bailing Out

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Federal GEAR UP Program May Need Bailing Out

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WASHINGTON UPDATE: Federal GEAR UP Program May Need Bailing Out

The federal GEAR UP project may need a quick infusion of money if it wants to meet its grant obligations, say advocates seeking more funds for the two-year-old project. The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs effort needs at least $229 million to cover all allotments from grants the federal government awarded in 1999 and 2000, says Corye Barbour, legislative director for the United States Student Association. Yet the Republican Congress wants to earmark only $200 million in fiscal 2001.

"We're really falling short on GEAR UP," Barbour says. If the GOP proposal would take effect, "we'd be cutting people off who already receive services."

President Clinton has proposed $325 million for the program in 2001 to help promote its expansion. Under GEAR UP, states and communities receive grants to work with disadvantaged youngsters as early as middle school with the goal of preparing them for college. …

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