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StepUp Spotlight: Meet Our Communications Specialist, Genna Erickson

Hi! My name is Genna Erickson, and I’m the Communications Specialist for the Utah System of Higher Education where I work behind the scenes with the StepUp team to write content, help with the website, and design the brochures, posters, and other StepUp materials you see at schools around the state. I’m originally from Utah Valley … Continued


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College Decision Month: Why College is One of the Most Exciting Times of Your Life

Written by Leslie Cepeda – College Access Advisor at Cyprus High School This time of year, high school seniors from all over the United States are making their college decisions. While National College Decision Day is May 1, many Utah high schools celebrate Decision Month all throughout April and May. High school seniors gather during lunch or … Continued


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Advice from Utah Students: How I Made My College Decision

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – April 6, 2017 May 1st was National College Decision Day and the entire month is National College Decision Month. Colleges and universities across the nation asked students to let them know if they planned to attend by May 1st, but it’s not too late to … Continued


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What to Consider When Making Your College Decision

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – April 6, 2017 Making my college decision was tough! I changed my mind at least two or three times when I was deciding where to go to school. In the end, my decision came down to the scholarship offer I received, the location and cost … Continued


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College Questions from Utah Students: Getting Grants to Pay for College

Once a month, we send our Prepare + Pay for College E-Newsletter out to almost 200,000 students, parents, counselors, and educators all over Utah. All are welcome to reply back to our newsletter if they have any college questions about preparing and paying. One of the great questions that came in this week was about one the … Continued


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College Questions from Utah Students: Are you on track to pay for college?

Once a month, we send our Prepare + Pay for College E-Newsletter out to almost 200,000 students, parents, counselors, and educators all over Utah. All are welcome to reply back to our newsletter if they have any college questions about preparing or paying. Our newsletter subject line this week was “Are you on track for college?” … Continued



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College Questions from Utah Students: Scholarship Owl and Sallie Mae Websites?

Once a month, we send our Prepare + Pay for College E-Newsletter out to almost 200,000 students, parents, counselors, and educators all over Utah. All are welcome to reply back to our newsletter if they have any questions about preparing or paying for college. Here’s one of the great questions that came in this week… Looking to … Continued



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Part 2: Utah Summer Camps Off-Campus

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – March 22, 2017 In part 1 of this blog, we explored summer camps offered at Utah’s colleges and universities (and had some fun with Will Smith lyrics). There are even more Utah summer camps and activities available if you’re interested in attending a camp off-campus. … Continued