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Personal Statement Writing Tips: The 3-Month Statement

By Burton Rojas, Director of Development for Latinos in Action – June 15, 2017 Recently a student from Alabama got accepted to Yale with a personal statement about pizza. I haven’t read that student’s personal statement but I’m confident it was written in a way that told the readers something important about the writer, not just about pizza. Perhaps … Continued


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What I Learned Working In A College Prep Class: Utah AVID

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – June 1, 2017 When I first moved from Nevada to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah, my brain was flooded with emotions. For the first few weeks of school, I lived off excitement, adrenaline, and a LOT of coffee. But I was … 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: 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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StepUp Spotlight: Meet our Utah Paying for College Experts, Katie and Jacob

We’re happy to tell you all about our amazing Community Outreach Officers in this week’s StepUp Spotlight. Jacob and Katie are both fairly new additions to our team and we couldn’t be happier to have them. Not only are they great outreach officers, FAFSA wizards, and Paying for College Experts, they’re also wonderful people who care … 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


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Utah College Application Week: Where did you apply to college?

Hope you got a chance to apply to college during your schools Utah College Application Week. If not, apply to college now! If you need help, ask your school counselor or someone else you know who can help you. During November, thousands of Utah high school seniors applied to college during school hours with help from … Continued