By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – February 9, 2018

Did you know that Utah is home to over 65,000 refugees from 20 different countries? StepUp is proud of our state’s dedication to diversity and humanitarianism. We are happy to help students from diverse backgrounds navigate their unique paths to college.

If you are one of the thousands of refugee students currently attending school in Utah, here are a few things you should know as you prepare for college.

  • Is college an option for me?
    • You are allowed to apply to college in Utah and throughout the United States, even if you are not yet a United States citizen.
    • When you arrive in the United States as a refugee, you automatically become a resident of that state.
    • If you are considered a resident of Utah, you will pay “in-state” tuition if you go to a public college in Utah. This means you pay less than students who move from another state.

  • How can I get ready for college?

In my next blog, I’ll discuss what refugee students need to know about paying for college.

If you need help or have questions about paying for college, here are two great options:


StepUp Utah

Call Jacob Newman 801-366-8487

Email Jacob at

Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@StepUpUtah)

Or stop by our office at 60 South 400 West in downtown Salt Lake City.

Utah Refugee Services

Call Alexx Goeller at 801-347-3218

Email Alexx at

Or visit a location near you.