HIGHLIGHTS: UP TO US 2014 – 2015

Learn more about all the student teams that participated in Up to Us this year.

The winner of the 2015 Up to Us competition was the team from Stockton University. These students were recognized by President Clinton at the CGI U annual meeting in March at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, and were awarded a $10,000 cash prize.

The 2015 Up to Us teams engaged over 18,000 students through in-person outreach, events, and activities on campus. These included seminars and discussions with elected officials, economists, and entrepreneurs; presentations on fiscal issues in hundreds of classrooms and student residences; civic engagement activities such as sending letters and postcards to state and local representatives; and creative events like debt bingo and life-size Monopoly games. Teams partnered with more than 230 other campus groups to support their campaigns, and gathered over 11,000 signatures to a pledge raising awareness of the long-term national debt and affirming the important role that the millennial generation can play in building a strong fiscal future for the country.

On February 12th, the teams participated in My Two Cents Day, a first-of-its-kind national mobilization of college student around fiscal issues. On this day, 49 schools across the country held on-campus events at which thousands of their student peers shared photos and posts on social media giving their “two cents” on America’s fiscal health and how it could affect their economic opportunities in the future.

The Stockton University Up to Us team with President Bill Clinton, Peterson Foundation President & CEO Michael A. Peterson, and Net Impact CEO Liz Maw


Video and Photo Highlights from the Campaigns



Thirty-five student teams from the following universities participated in the 2015 Up to Us competition:

Arizona State University Babson College
Bellarmine University Clark University
California State University, Long Beach Dartmouth College
De Anza College Duquesne University
Emory University Farmingdale State College
Georgetown University Loyola University New Orleans
Morehouse College Northeastern University
Northwestern University Ohio Northern University
Pace University Pennsylvania State University
Regent University San Francisco State University
Simmons College Spelman College
Stockton University Texas State University
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith University of California, Berkeley
University of Louisville University of Maryland
University of Miami University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas-Pan American Wartburg College
West Virginia Wesleyan College Wichita State University
Yale University

Fourteen additional schools participated in My Two Cents Day:

Baylor University Indiana University at Bloomington
McLennan Community College Mesa Community College
Middlesex County College Rice University
Swarthmore College Tyler Junior College
University of Michigan University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park
Walters State Community College Washington & Lee University



SF State Economics Students Educate Peers on National Debt, Post News Group (Oakland, CA) 03/10/2015
Clinton family members speak to students, guests at University of Miami, Miami Local 10 ABC News (Miami, FL) 03/07/2015
Stockton team wins “Up to Us” competition on national debt, The Press of Atlantic City (Atlantic City, NJ) 03/04/2015
Tyler Junior College Weighs in on Nation’s Debt Crisis, KYTX Online (Tyler, TX) 02/13/2015
UTPA students unite to offer ‘My Two Cents’, KVEO-TV Online (Edinburg, TX) 02/12/2015
CSULB One of 49 Colleges Nationwide Participating First Ever My Two Cents Day, Long Beach Post (Long Beach, CA) 02/12/2015