GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.


The MI GEAR UP (M.I.G.U.) Program is a statewide collaborative effort providing early intervention services in two key component areas:


Gaining Early Awareness refers to college exposure, financial aid/admissions information, college choice and other important knowledge necessary for students to become prepared to pursue post-secondary options.


Readiness for Undergraduate Programs refers to skill building and academic preparedness including reading literacy, critical thinking skills, study techniques and test-taking ability. The U.S. Department of Education awarded a multi-million grant to Michigan, spread out over a seven year program, distributed among the 15 public universities. The program begins in 7th grade and students are followed through their freshman year of college.The project will produce, support and disseminate college preparation and planning publications. In addition, M.I.G.U. will assist students in their senior year of high school with financial aid by providing important information about F.A.F.S.A. applications and competitive scholarships, including limited funding for scholarships awarded to long-time program participants in a competitive selection process.


The M.I.G.U. Program at Michigan State University (M.S.U.) is currently serving students in the graduating class of 2017 who previously attended one of the following middle schools (during 7th or 8th grade):



The M.I.G.U. Program at M.S.U. is also serving students in the graduating class of 2017 who were previously or are currently attending one of the following high schools:



For more information about the M.I.G.U. Program, services offered, and eligibility information, please click on one of the following links below:


Benefits of Becoming a Registered M.I.G.U. Program Participant:


Programs & Services Offered:


Eligibility Information Forms:


If you have questions, comments, or concerns regarding the M.I.G.U. Program, please feel free to contact us.