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Applying to college is a very time consuming process, and for juniors, it’s right around the corner.  There are a lot of aspects that factor into which schools you apply for.  One of the biggest things that needs to be considered is how much scholarship money a school offers you.

“Scholarship money is very important, because I see money as my ticket to  eating a good meal,” said junior Colby Sorensen. “If I’m spending too much money on loans for school, I can’t eat, pay for rent, or buy gas.”  

Coming up on February 22, there is going to be a Utah Higher Education Day (College Day) for the juniors.

“College day is sponsored by the Utah Higher Education Authority,” said counselor Kim Deamer.  “This is a group with representatives from ALL the colleges in Utah.  They are coming to let Juniors know about their college and the programs they have.  They are trying to help juniors make decisions about which college to attend.

Students can walk around and talk to representatives at each table and get information on what it’s like to attend that college.

“The coordinator for the Utah Higher Education day emails us at the beginning of the school year and tells us these are the dates that we’re going to do it, make sure you have rooms available,” said Crystal Worthen, counseling secretary. 

Unfortunately, this day occurs before the juniors take this ACT, so they will not have their scores to help them understand how much scholarship money they can receive.

“I think that’s kind of misleading and confusing to have college day before the ACT,” said junior Kade Schweitzer. “You don’t even know what’s in your options, so you don’t know exactly what you should be looking for while you’re there.”

Scholarships generally depend mostly on your GPA and ACT score.  

“It doesn’t really make sense to me to have college day before we take the ACT,” Sorensen said. “It’s a huge deciding factor, at least in my situation. My ACT decides what classes I’m taking next year, and what college I can afford.”

Although without their ACT scores, Juniors may not have all of the information, some students view this as a good opportunity to know what they should shoot for.

“Well it makes sense to me to have college day before we get our scores, because that way we know what we want and need to aim for on the ACT and on our GPA,” said junior Emma Christensen. “I think it’s smart to do it before.”

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