By Outreach Officer and Paying for College Expert, Katie Wornek – October 16, 2018

Fall is an exciting season for high school seniors! From Homecoming to holidays, you have a lot to look forward to this time of year. Fall is also a very busy and very important time of year when it comes to preparing for college.

Remember – it is in your best interest to complete the following tasks as early as you can your senior year…


Application for Admission (and Scholarships!)


In order to attend a college, you need to apply and get accepted. Luckily, most colleges use the information you provide on your admissions application to automatically consider you for institutional scholarships (saving you time and work!). Institutional scholarship money is usually limited and these scholarships are usually awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. This means you need to apply for admission before your college’s scholarship deadline*:


  • Brigham Young University = December 15, 2018
  • Dixie State University = March 1, 2019
  • LDS Business College = August 17, 2019
  • Salt Lake Community College = February 1, 2019
  • Snow College = March 1, 2019
  • Southern Utah University = March 1, 2019
  • University of Utah = December 1, 2018
  • Utah System of Technical Colleges = year-round
  • Utah State University = January 10, 2019
  • Utah State University-Eastern = July 1, 2019
  • Utah Valley University = February 1, 2019
  • Weber State University = December 1, 2018
  • Westminster College = November 1, 2018


If you don’t meet these deadlines, you can still apply for admission, but you may miss out on scholarship money.




The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the application you must complete in order to be considered for federal financial aid (grants, work-study, and federal student loans). In Utah, it’s also the application you complete to apply for grants from the state government and many of the grants and scholarships offered by Utah colleges and universities.

The 2019-2020 FAFSA opened October 1, 2018, so if you’re a high school senior planning to attend college next Fall, you can complete your FAFSA right now. The earlier you complete the FAFSA, the better. Some colleges and universities have institutional grants they can give to students, but the money is limited and is usually awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

It usually takes at least 3-5 business days for the Department of Education to process your FAFSA and send your information to the colleges you listed on your FAFSA. That means you should complete your FAFSA as early as you can before your college’s priority financial aid deadline*:


  • Brigham Young University: May 1, 2019
  • Dixie State University: year-round
  • LDS Business College: August 1, 2019
  • Salt Lake Community College: April 15, 2019
  • Snow College: March 1, 2019
  • Southern Utah University: December 1, 2018
  • University of Utah: December 1, 2018
  • Utah State University: year-round
  • Utah Valley University: year-round
  • Weber State University: April 1, 2019
  • Westminster College: February 1, 2019


If you miss these deadlines, you may still qualify for federal or state aid, but you might miss out on grants from your college or university.

StepUp is happy to help you navigate the admissions and financial aid process. Visit our website, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube (@StepUpUtah), call us at 801-869-5791, or email if you have questions.

*All deadlines listed in this blog were provided to StepUp by their respective institutions of higher education. These dates can be subject to change, and StepUp is not responsible for any deadline changes that may occur.