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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




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StepUp Spotlight: Meet Richard Gonzalez, StepUp Outreach Coordinator

Hi, I’m Richard and am the new outreach coordinator for StepUp. I have been in this position for only a couple of months and love it! I love being part of an amazing team that is passionate about helping others learn about college. I graduated from Utah State University – Tooele with my Bachelors in Business … Continued


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How Utah College Application Week helped me

By Adrian Daza Hello my name is Adrian Daza. I’m a senior at Pine View High School. My favorite sport is soccer and I play on the high school team. My parents are Hispanic and from Acapulco Guerrero, Mexico. I was born in the United States and am the oldest of three children. My parents … Continued