#WhyUtahColleges: Why Weber State Is Just Right For Me

By Sydney Tesch, Current WSU student     As my high school senior year came to an end, decision-making crunch-time loomed. After the scholarship acceptance letters came, I instantly felt that Weber State University was just right for me.   I grew up in Ogden, so I thought I might go away to school. I

Choosing Your College: Find the Right Fit

Written by University of Utah student and StepUp Federal Work-Study Employee Marcella Sweet – Posted on February 12, 2019 When I was a senior in high school deciding where to send my college admissions applications, I chose a private, out-of-state college without really knowing what I wanted to do, what I needed from a school,

Cast a Wide Net: College Net Price Calculators

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – updated January 3, 2019 Spring will be here before you know it! That means dreaming about Spring Break, and colleges that are starting to award scholarships and financial aid to their incoming freshman. Many high school seniors and their families worry about how they are going

#WhyUtahColleges: Utah State University

Utah State University is one of the oldest schools in the Western United States. Since their founding in 1888 as a land-grant university, USU has become a premier undergraduate research institution known throughout the world for their intellectual and technological leadership.   More than 27,000 students comprise the student body, including students from 88 foreign

#WhyWorkStudy: Part 4

Federal work-study is a program that offers students flexible part-time jobs (usually on-campus) to help pay for college costs. When you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will be asked if you are interested in participating in work-study. Students often have questions about the work-study program, so we decided to ask

Tax Time: FAFSA, College Savings, and Free Tax Services

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert  It’s that time of year again: tax time! Students and parents across Utah are starting to prepare their 2018 taxes (or at least think about it!). Tax preparation can seem overwhelming to many Utah families. Don’t worry! Utah Tax Help helps many Utah families prepare their

FAFSA Verification: What is it and what do I do if I am selected?

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert What is verification? When you complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you provide personal and financial information that is used to calculate what is called your “Expected Family Contribution” or EFC. Your EFC helps determine the types and amount of Federal

StepUp Spotlight: Future Scholars of Africa

StepUp to Higher Education wants you to succeed in high school and move on to get a higher education. Other organizations also want this for you too, including Future Scholars of Africa (FSA). Are you an immigrant, refugee, or asylee from Africa? StepUp to Higher Education and FSA are teaming up to bring you resources

Set SMART Goals to be College-Ready

There is a lot of information out there about how to best prepare for college. Because college plans are so different for everyone, it is important that you make your own goals to get you to where you want to be. You may have heard this before and even if you have—take a look at