By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – August 29, 2018 (updated January 3, 2019)

Here at StepUp, we want to help you learn about paying for college. Here’s a simple checklist of a few things you can do this year to start preparing to pay for college…


8th and 9th Grade Paying for College Checklist


    1. Your school counselor is there to help you prepare for college. Plan your time in high school right by working with your school counselor to make sure you’re on track to classes to help you earn the Regents’ Scholarship.


    1. Make a paying for college plan with your parents.


    1. Look for scholarships using StepUp Scholarships on UtahFutures because it’s never too early to find some cash for college!


  1. Find ways to save money regularly for college using a savings account at a bank or credit union or a my529 College Savings account.


We know that the thought of paying for college seems overwhelming. Don’t worry! We’re here to help.


Stay tuned for more paying for college suggestions, including information on scholarships, grants, work-study, savings, and student loans. And remember that if you have any questions, you can reach out to your paying for college experts at

Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer, FAFSA Wizard, and Paying for College Expert at StepUpUtahJacob Newman is a Community Outreach Officer with Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority (UHEAA) and financial aid expert. Before working with UHEAA, he worked as a the Job Readiness Program Coordinator at the English Skills Learning Center. Jacob graduated with an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Brigham Young University in August 2016. He speaks Thai, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Follow Jacob on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat @stepupjacob.