Education and Success Series: Part IV

By Sumiko Martinez on January 28, 2016 Welcome to the final installment of StepUpUtah’s Education and Success series! If you missed the first three posts, you can check out Part I here, Part II here, and Part III here. Keep reading for this week’s profiles. Lexi Coon Lives in: South Jordan, Utah Attended: Salt Lake

Education and Success Series: Part III

By Sumiko Martinez on January 21, 2016 If you missed the first two weeks of the Education & Success series, you can check out Part I here and Part II here! Read on to hear two fresh perspectives. Heather Flash Lives in: Seattle, Washington (formerly Salt Lake City, UT) Attended: University of Utah Degree: B.S.,

Online FAFSA Help and Resources

You don’t have to tackle the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) all by yourself. There’s a treasure trove of helpful resources out there on the web. We’ve put together a list of some of those great online FAFSA resources out there to help you get your FAFSA completed ASAP – minus the headaches. Official

Glossary: Decoding FAFSA Terms

It’s easy to become confused and overwhelmed by the many different terms, acronyms, and unfamiliar words found all over the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This list of explained FAFSA terms should help alleviate that confusion: Confirmation Number: The number you get when you finish your FAFSA that confirms your FAFSA submission was successful. You

Education and Success Series: Part II

Risa Lynn Schloss Nielsen Lives in: Munich, Germany Attended: Westminster College Degree: B.A. in English (2006)  English major. World traveler. Straight talker. Risa is currently living in Munich, Germany and working as a “Küchenhelfer” (a pseudo fry cook) at an American style diner. She says, “a successful life is one where, at the end, you

Do’s and Don’t’s: Common FAFSA Mistakes

Be sure to avoid these common mistakes while completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you don’t avoid them, your application may be subject to verification and delays! DON’T leave blank fields: Enter a ‘0’ or ‘not applicable’ instead of leaving it blank. Too many blanks may cause miscalculations and an application

6 Reasons Why You Should File the FAFSA Every Year You’re in College

There’s no reason not to file the FAFSA every year you’re in college! Here’s why… It’s the only way to apply for ALL federal and most states’ financial aid, This includes Pell grants, work-study programs, federal student loans, and grant programs you might have never heard about. Even if you have a full ride scholarship or

Education and Success Series: Post I

By Sumiko Martinez on January 7, 2016 Happy New Year, everyone! To kick off 2016 with some education-related inspiration, StepUp Utah will be featuring a four-week series of profiles on successful people from different walks of life, talking about how education helped them to get where they are. Our first two profiles are from Lola

What You’ll Need to File Your FAFSA

By Sumiko Martinez on January 5, 2016 The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is now available online for the 2016-2017 academic year. If you’re one of the millions of students planning on applying for financial aid for college, you’ll need to fill it out. Here’s a checklist of what you need to