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March Madness: Finish out the school year strong!

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – March 22, 2017 March Madness is college basketball’s biggest event. Coincidentally, the last few months of the school year are some of the most important parts of the entire year! It’s important to finish out the school year strong. This month, fans from all over … Continued


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Shopping Lists and Financial Aid Award Letters

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – March 16, 2017 Wouldn’t it be nice if you could read your financial aid award letter like a grocery shopping list? Luckily, at many universities and colleges in Utah, you can! The Department of Education has released a “financial aid shopping list” to make it easier to compare … Continued


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Ten Tips for Becoming a Well-Rounded Student

By StepUp Outreach Coordinator, Richard Gonzalez – March 9, 2017 Regardless of what grade you’re in, there are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for college and your career. You may be stuck trying to figure out what you want to be, but don’t stress. As you work towards becoming a well-rounded … Continued


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College Housing Options (Part 2): Living Off-Campus

College offers a chance to meet new people, expand your knowledge and perspective, become more independent, and develop important life skills. Choosing the right living arrangement can help you accomplish all of those things. In part one, we talked about living on your college campus. This week, we’ll explore the pros and cons of living … Continued


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Cast a Wide Net: College Net Price Calculators

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – March 2, 2017 The weather is warming up, everyone is dreaming about Spring Break, and colleges are starting to award scholarships and financial aid to their incoming freshman. Many high school seniors and their families worry about how they are going to pay for college. They wonder … Continued


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Utah College Housing Options (Part 1): Living On Campus

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – February 24, 2017 Preparing for college involves a lot of big decisions. Choosing a school and selecting a major can be challenging and can leave you with little time to fully research another major decision: housing. This week, I’ll help you learn about Utah college … Continued


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Six Steps to Slashing College Costs

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – February 16, 2017   The cost of attending college in Utah for the average resident is about $18,000 per year! If this figure seems a little scary at first, step back and take a deeeeeeep breath. Inhale slowly… Now exhale slowly… Okay. Now that your heart … Continued


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StepUp Spotlight: Meet Erika Norton, Utah Scholars Program Manager

Hi! My name is Erika Norton and I am the What is the Utah Scholars Program? Program Manager. Utah Scholars is an awesome program that helps students be more prepared for college. Our goal is to help you succeed and achieve your dreams. I started out volunteering with the program and that led to a … Continued


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What do U.S. Presidents and college prep have in common?

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – February 8, 2017 With the Presidents’ Day holiday this month, let’s honor our Commanders-in-Chief with some presidential trivia and a few suggestions about how you can prepare for college. Did you know…? Harvard University has produced the highest number of U.S. presidents. Seven presidents earned … Continued