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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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FAFSA Verification: What is it and what do I do if I am selected?

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – March 22, 2017 What is verification? When you complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you provide personal and financial information that is used to calculate what is called your “Expected Family Contribution” or EFC. Your EFC helps determine the types … Continued



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FAFSA: How to get by without the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

It’s April and you know what that means – the end of the school year is right around the corner. You’ve almost completed another year of school! Whether you’ll be starting or continuing college in the fall (or deferring to a later semester), you need to complete your 2017-2018 FAFSA. Before you file your FAFSA, … Continued


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Springtime: Planting Your College Money Seeds

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – April 6, 2017 The weather is warming up, the snow is melting, and the sun is shining more. Huzzah! It must be April in Utah! One of my new favorite things about living in Utah in the spring is planting and growing a garden. Before … 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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Shopping Lists and Financial Aid Award Letters

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – March 16, 2017 Wouldn’t it be nice if you could read your financial aid award letter like a grocery shopping list? Luckily, at many universities and colleges in Utah, you can! The Department of Education has released a “financial aid shopping list” to make it easier to compare … Continued


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Ten Tips for Becoming a Well-Rounded Student

By StepUp Outreach Coordinator, Richard Gonzalez – March 9, 2017 Regardless of what grade you’re in, there are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for college and your career. You may be stuck trying to figure out what you want to be, but don’t stress. As you work towards becoming a well-rounded … Continued