High school seniors: It’s almost time to start thinking about your plans after high school graduation! One of the biggest concerns that you might have on your mind is how to pay for their higher education. This can be stressful, but don’t worry. StepUp is here to help, especially with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Here’s what to expect for the 2019-2020 FAFSA…
 
 

Why FAFSA?

 
 
The FAFSA is the application that students need to submit to get federal and state money as well as college/university money for college. The FAFSA determines eligibility for grants (free money), work-study (earned money), and loans (borrowed money). Only about 36%[i] of Utah high school seniors submit the FAFSA, making Utah lowest in the nation for FAFSA completion. Utah students are leaving potentially millions of dollars in free money on the table for college by not filling out the FAFSA.

The 2019-2020 FAFSA (the FAFSA that high school seniors will submit this year) will open on October 1st, 2018 and StepUp is here to help! In addition to hosting over 100 FAFSA completion open houses throughout the state at high schools and community centers to help you submit the FAFSA quickly and accurately, we will publish other materials – such as our annual FAFSA walkthrough video with step-by-step instructions.

Reminder: Beginning this year, completing the FAFSA will also be a requirement for the Regents’ Scholarship. Even though you have to submit the FAFSA , you do not need to qualify for federal grants, work-study, or federal student loans to be awarded the Regents’ Scholarship.
 
 

What do I need to submit the FAFSA?

 
 

You will need some documents to help you submit the FAFSA. It’s good to talk to your parent about gathering these documents early so you can be ready to submit early.
 

  • Social security card, alien registration or permanent resident card
  • Driver’s license (If you don’t have one, it’s okay! This is optional).
  • Your 2017 W-2 forms and other records of income
  • Your 2017 Federal Income Tax Return (if you filed taxes in 2017)
  • Your parents’ 2017 Federal Income Tax Return
  • Your current bank statements
  • Your 2017 untaxed income records
  • Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm, stock, bond and other investment records.

 
 

FAFSA Goes Mobile!

 
 

Exciting news! The FAFSA is going mobile. On October 1st 2018, students and their parent will be able to submit the 2019-2020 FAFSA (the FAFSA that high school seniors will submit) in a web browser on a mobile phone or a tablet.

Students and their parent can also download the myStudentAid app from the Google Play or Apple App Store to submit the FAFSA using the myFAFSA component of the app.

The FAFSA has been redesigned to make it easier than it has ever been and now it can be done in the palm of your hand.

 
 

I Still Have Questions:

 
 

We know that preparing for college can be difficult. We are here to help. If you have questions about the FAFSA, the documents you need to submit the FAFSA, or need other help, reach out to us at outreach@utahsbr.edu.

 


 

[i] Data sourced from #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker https://public.tableau.com/profile/bill.debaun.national.college.access.network#!/vizhome/FormYourFutureFAFSATracker/CurrentWeekRanking