Parent Question:  Does StepUp have information to help students from low-income families prepare for college?
Thanks,  Parent of a Utah student


Reply from Katie Wornek, StepUp Utah Paying for College Expert:

Hello and thank you for contacting us. StepUp has many resources to help students from all backgrounds prepare for college! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • You and your student should maintain frequent communication with the school counselors – they are an excellent resource for college readiness. They can also recommend resources at the school designed to help low-income families, such as GEAR UP, TRIO, Upward Bound, and more.
  • Our website has a “for families” section with general tools to help families research different colleges and universities and discover financial aid options. I encourage you to take a look at those tools.
  • We have grade-by-grade checklists to help your student understand what to do each year from 8th grade through 12th grade to become academically, logistically, and financial prepared for postsecondary education
  • Our College Guide provides information about each college and university in Utah, as well as recommendations for high school curriculum. Our Paying for College Guide provides information about scholarships, college savings account, and government-based financial aid for college
  • Your student should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) senior year and every year they’re in college to apply for financial assistance from the federal government, state government, and their college or university
  • Your student can search and apply for scholarships anytime, even before senior year.

I hope this helps and I wish your student the best on the path to college. If you have more specific questions, you can feel free to contact us by email or phone.


Katie Wornek, StepUp Utah

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