NCCEP serves as GEAR UP's voice in Washington, DC through it's public policy and advocacy work.

Our public policy team works closely with the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, Congress, and education associations, to promote academic achievement and access to and success in higher education for low-income students.  NCCEP works to build relationships with key policy makers and legislators and communicate the importance of expanding and enhancing college access programs nationally. Seeing the impact of GEAR UP in their local communities, federal lawmakers have increased or sustained GEAR UP’s funding, now at $302 million annually.

For more information or to get involved with our work, please contact us via e-mail.

GEARed UP for College

Students at Wenatchee High School in Wenatchee, WA talk about the impact the GEAR UP program has made in preparing them for higher education.

GEAR UP Program Locator

Are GEAR UP services available in your state or region? You can find out by clicking on this interactive map. Here you will find where GEAR UP programs currently serve students, the size of their grants, how many students they serve and a link to their website for more information.