GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs and has many affiliates throughout the state. It is a federal grant program totaling $26 million for 2011-2018, which provides services for low-income students in order to help them successfully graduate from high school and prepare for college. GEAR UP operates under a 100% Priority Model covering a region over 21,000 square miles, 13 school districts, and 51 schools. Objectives include increasing academic performance for postsecondary education, increasing the rate of high school graduation, increasing students' and families' awareness and knowledge of postsecondary education options, and increasing students first year success in a higher education institution. Objectives are driven by outcome-oriented evaluation and services such as: tutoring, counseling, financial aid assistance, first year college support, and first year family support.