By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – April 6, 2017 (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…

12th Grade Paying for College Checklist


    1. Apply for federal financial aid. Fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (starting Oct 1) even if you don’t think you’ll qualify for financial aid.


    1. Make sure you apply on time. Many colleges and universities have priority financial and scholarship aid deadlines. Fill out your FAFSA and apply for admission and scholarships early to make sure you get accepted and have time compare what financial aid is offered to you by different colleges.


    1. Talk to your counselor. Ask your high school counselor about a local StepUp Utah FAFSA Completion Open House to get expert help filling out your FAFSA or check out


    1. Look for local scholarships. Apply for the Regents’ Scholarship – It’s just for college-ready students in Utah.


  1. Continue to apply for other private scholarships and save anything you can. Any college money you receive in the form of scholarships or that save on your own is money you may not have to come up with or borrow later on.


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.