GEAR UP is a federally funded program that works in partnership with Chicago Public Schools to prepare Chicago students for success in postsecondary education. GEAR UP is dedicated to making college real for students

GEAR UP Postsecondary Support 

CCAS staff support GEAR UP students through high school and into their first year of college. Mentors work with students the summer after senior year to make sure all steps to enrollment are completed. Once in college, GEAR UP continues support, particularly in City Colleges of Chicago, which have GEAR UP Resource Rooms to provide guidance and tutoring to successfully complete freshman year and prepare for program completion or transfer to a four-year institution.


Finally! You're on the Road to College. 

Do you need help with FAFSA?

What will be your major?

Which clubs will you join?


Will you study abroad?


Only you can decide, but we can help you make some of the most important decisions about your future.


As a GEAR UP Alum..... you will have access to dedicated GEAR UP staff who will provide you with the essential tools and support services needed in making your first-year of college the first step toward graduation.

Colleges Served

Daley College

Harold Washington College

Kennedy King College

National Louis University

Northeastern Illinois University

Malcolm X College

Olive Harvey College

Truman College

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Chicago

Wright College

If you do not see your school on the list, contact us! We work with all GEAR UP students.

Contact the GEAR UP College Transition Team for More Information.


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