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Get Ready Program Overview


The Get Ready program is an early intervention and college awareness program targeted at low-income students, their families and those underrepresented in postsecondary education.

Get Ready has two core program delivery components:

Both are offered at no cost to eligible participating schools and organizations.

Get Ready is funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Education through a federal GEAR UP grant (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). The Program is administered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

The federal GEAR UP program has two objectives: 1) student graduation from high school, and 2) student transition into college (includes all types of postsecondary institutions) upon high school graduation.

In its third grant cycle, the Get Ready program serves fifth- through twelfth-grade students. The program focuses on:

  • college planning and goal setting
  • career information and the different types of postsecondary options to reach career goals
  • various ways to cover the costs of a postsecondary education
  • class choice options in middle and high school to prepare to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.