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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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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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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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8 things to do over winter break

By Maureen Brakke What are you plans over winter break? Skiing, snowboarding, staying indoors, or traveling somewhere warm maybe? While it’s important to enjoy yourself over break and relax, here are a few things that you’d be smart to do over your break. Apply for scholarships. Where can you find these? Collegeboard.org, Chegg.com and Fastweb.com are good places to … Continued


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I’ve applied to college & filed my FAFSA. Now what?

By Maureen Brakke So you’ve applied to college and filed your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) right? If not, there’s still time but don’t wait too long or you’ll be scrambling at the last minute trying to get it all done, and who likes to do that? Here are things to do right … Continued