Center for Educational Opportunity Programs

Welcome back to school GEAR UP students! 

No matter what the school year looks like, KU GEAR UP is ready to help the Kansas City, Kansas Public School graduating classes of 2023 & 2024 stay on-track and prepare for college! In order to receive a free t-shirt for watching the video below, fill out the questions at


The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) initiative is a federally funded program currently serving over 700,000 students across 44 states. The University of Kansas established the first GEAR UP Program in Kansas City, KS, in 1999. Since then, GEAR UP has proudly supported more than 6,000 students through six GEAR UP grants. For more information about what KCKPS is doing to support students and their families during this difficult time call the KCKPS hotline at 913-627-2455 or visit

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