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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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Utah Summer Camps Pt. 1: Camps at Colleges and Universities

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – March 22, 2017 Summer, summer, summertime – time to go to camp and unwind! I’d like to start today’s blog by taking us back to the good old days when Will Smith (also known as “Jaden Smith’s dad”) wasn’t starring in blockbuster movies – he … Continued


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Ask The Experts: College Questions from Utah Students and Parents

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. Recipients of the newsletter are encouraged to reply back to our newsletter if they have any college questions about preparing or paying. Here’s what came in this week along with answers … 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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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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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