Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs is a national college access program started in 1999, now in 47 states.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP is a national college access program with the purpose of increasing the number of students in college and is dedicated to aiding students with the tools they will need to begin their journey in post-secondary education. 

The Michigan Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (MI GEAR UP) is a federally funded program from the United States Department of Education designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter postsecondary education. The MI GEAR UP Program partners with Michigan's 15 public universities, and valuable external community partners to provide early intervention services and a scholarship component for low-income students.


  • Chandler Park Academy HIGH School
  • Douglass Academy for Young Men
  • Romulus HIGH School
  • Robichaud High SChool 
  • Advanced TEchnology Academy 

Larry Sawyers

Program Assistant
Office#: 313-583-6612
Email: lsawyers@umich.edu
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Alfarezdeq Nassir 

Program Coordinator 
Email: alfan@umich.edu
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Shafeq Nassir

Program Assistant
Email: shafeqn@umich.edu
Nora Alward

Nora Alward

Program Assistant
Email: noraaa@umich.edu

Office of TRIO Programs

229 - Fairlane Center North
19000 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
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Phone: 313-593-5425
Fax: 313-593-5021

Office Hours

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed