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Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

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Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.


Final regulations; interpretation.


The Secretary interprets and clarifies sections of the Department of Education's final regulations governing the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) program that were published in the Federal Register on April 27, 2000 (65 FR 24756). The Secretary takes this action in response to questions that have arisen about scholarships for GEAR UP students.


This interpretation is effective June 28, 2000.

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Rafael Ramirez, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW, Room 6252, Washington, DC 20006. Telephone: (202) 502-7676. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact person listed.

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In the GEAR UP regulations, in § 694.10, we require State and partnership grantees to monitor the treatment of GEAR UP scholarships in relation to other aid GEAR UP students may receive. Some colleges and universities have raised questions about the applicability of the regulations to them.

The GEAR UP regulations govern the use of GEAR UP funds by GEAR UP grantees. Accordingly, the GEAR UP regulations do not apply to institutions that are not GEAR UP grantees or do not enroll any GEAR UP students. Moreover, under the regulations, no institution is required to enroll a GEAR UP student, and if it does so, that institution may decline to order the student's aid in the manner required by the regulations. In the latter case, however, it would be the grantee's responsibility to inform the GEAR UP student that he or she could not receive the GEAR UP scholarship to attend that institution. In this case, the student would be free to attend that college without the GEAR UP scholarship or another college that orders the aid in a manner consistent with the regulations with the GEAR UP scholarship.

Waiver of Public Comment

In accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, it is the practice of the Secretary to offer interested parties the opportunity to comment on proposed rules. However, since this document only clarifies and interprets an existing regulation, additional public comment on this document is not required under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A).

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Dated: June 21, 2000.

A. Lee Fritschler,

Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education.

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[FR Doc. 00-16124 Filed 6-27-00; 8:45 am]