Paying for College: What Utah’s Undocumented Students Need to Know

By Katie Wornek – StepUp Outreach Officer and Paying For College Expert – Posted on September 22nd, 2017 The nature of America’s immigration laws and practices is very uncertain right now. This can leave many students and families feeling confused and nervous, especially when it comes to planning for college. If you need answers and guidance

Utah Scholars Program Update: What Counselors Need To Know

Launched in the 2006-07 school year, the Utah Scholars Initiative is a college-readiness program that helps students understand why college is important and what they can do in junior high and high school to prepare, pay and succeed in higher education and the workforce. When the program first began, presenters visited 8th grade classrooms to share

Utah Scholars Program Update: What Students Need to Know

You most likely heard about the Utah Scholars program in the 8th grade when a presenter came into your classroom and talked to you about the benefits of college; why you should go, and what you need to do to get there. This college-readiness program is designed to motivate you to complete specific tasks from

How to Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance This School Year

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – July 1, 2017 Like many of you, I started school this week. It has been six years since I graduated from college and I’ve decided to return for my Master’s degree. These first few days of class have been so exciting! I always did love

5 Things to Consider When Choosing to Work During College

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – July 1, 2017 If you’re thinking about working while attending college, you’re definitely not alone. A 2015 Georgetown University study found that 70% of college students work during college. Beyond providing money to help you pay for school, working at a job will help you

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

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