Washington State University GEAR UP

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) program is federally funded by the US Department of Education. One Vision Partnership III (OVP III) and Harvest of Hope III (HOH III) are GEAR UP programs that are administered by Washington State University Tri-Cities. These (OVP III & HOH III) grants were approved in 2011 and funded for seven years.

These GEAR UP programs provide services and support to all Class of 2017 (and most Class of 2018) students in our partner schools to prepare for and succeed in high school, higher education, and their future. Student services offered include the following (and many more):

  • Academic Support
  • Preparation for College Level Coursework
  • Preparation for College Entrance Exams & Requirements
  • Math Tutoring for any level
  • Career & College Counseling
  • Campus Visits to colleges, universities, and technical colleges
  • Tutoring
  • College Financial Planning & Financial Literacy Programs
  • Summer Camps/Programs
  • SAT Preparation and Testing
  • Scholarship Resources & Assistance
  • FAFSA Application Sssistance
  • College Application Assistance

GEAR UP also provides professional development opportunities for teachers and staff to enhance their knowledge and work skills to assist students in pursuing and succeeding in higher education.

The GEAR UP programs offer activities and services to students and their families about the available opportunities for post-secondary education. Family services include:

  • Information on Colleges & Careers
  • University & College Campus Visits
  • Educational Family Conferences
  • Evening Workshops & Activities
  • Family Financial College Planning
  • Information on Financial Aid
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Guidance on College Admissions
  • Assistance with the College Application Process

WSU GEAR UP currently services students in the following school districts:

One Vision Partnership III:

  • Clarkston School District
  • Columbia School District
  • Ephrata School District
  • Finley School District
  • Kiona-Benton School District
  • Mabton School District
  • North Franklin School district
  • Pasco School District
  • Prosser School District
  • St. John-Endicott School Districts

Harvest of Hope III:

  • College Place School District
  • Dayton School District
  • Kennewick School District
  • Morrow County School District
  • Moses Lake School District
  • Prescott School District
  • Soap Lake School District
  • Touchet School District
  • Walla Walla School District
  • Warden School District

Please contact the GEAR UP office for more information about the programs and sevices available to your school/district at 509.372.7298


State Financial Aid for DREAMers

A new state law has expanded eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to low income, non-citizen students who meet the program's eligibility requirements and also satisfy the residency criteria. Washington State joined California, New Mexico, and Texas by in enacting its own version of the Dream Act which extends state grants to undocumented students.

Visit realhopewa.org for more information.
The free Washington Application for State Financial Aid, or WASFA.
College Place
Saint John/Endicott
Moses Lake