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About Step Up to College

Step Up to College: Philadelphia’s Guide to the College Preparation, Application, Admissions & Financial Aid Processes is the #1 college admissions resource for Philadelphia's college-bound students and their families. Step Up to College is annually published and distributed by Philadelphia Futures, a nonprofit organization that provides Philadelphia’s low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. 

Designed with first-generation-to-college students in mind, the Step Up to College Guide is tailored to Philadelphia's students in grades 9 to 12 and their families, leading them through each stage of the college admissions process — from test preparation and identifying college choices, to writing application essays and understanding financial aid, to transitioning to college life. 

Every October, more than 40,000 copies of Step Up to College are distributed to Philadelphia public, public charter and parochial high schools, branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia and many community-based organizations. To eliminate any barriers to access, Step Up to College is distributed without cost.

To request print editions of the Guide for your community-based organization or for any questions about Step Up to College, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215.790.1666 x424.