What is the FAFSA? Why should I care?

Completing the FAFSA is the only way to apply for Federal Financial Aid (money for college – grants, work-study, and student loans).   What is the FAFSA? “FAFSA” is an acronym for the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid.” In short, the FAFSA is the one application you submit in order to apply for money to

8th and 9th Grade Paying for College Checklist

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

10th and 11th Grade Paying for College Checklist

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.   10th and 11th Grade

12th Grade Paying for College Checklist

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

Title IV + More Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript

This is the transcript for Episode 2 of the “Title IV + More Podcast for Utah Counselors and Educators” from Katie Wornek, Jacob Newman, and Bryan Lee at StepUp to Higher Education Utah. To listen to this episode or any other episodes of the podcast, please visit this link. Please be advised that the FAFSA and federal

Title IV + More Podcast: Episode 1 Transcript

This is the transcript for Episode 1 of the “Title IV + More Podcast for Utah Counselors and Educators” from Katie Wornek, Jacob Newman, and Bryan Lee at StepUp to Higher Education Utah. To listen to this episode or any other episodes of the podcast, please visit this link. Please be advised that the FAFSA

2017 Make Your Mark Contest – Win $1,000 for College from UESP

Calling all student artists! Draw on your talents for a chance to win a Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) college savings scholarship account. Create an original bookmark for the 2017 UESP Make Your Mark contest. If selected, your artwork could help you win a $1,000 UESP scholarship account to use toward your college education. UESP

Utah Scholars Program Update: What Counselors Need To Know

Launched in the 2006-07 school year, the Utah Scholars Initiative is a college-readiness program that helps students understand why college is important and what they can do in junior high and high school to prepare, pay and succeed in higher education and the workforce. When the program first began, presenters visited 8th grade classrooms to share

Utah Scholars Program Update: What Students Need to Know

You most likely heard about the Utah Scholars program in the 8th grade when a presenter came into your classroom and talked to you about the benefits of college; why you should go, and what you need to do to get there. This college-readiness program is designed to motivate you to complete specific tasks from

How to Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance This School Year

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – July 1, 2017 Like many of you, I started school this week. It has been six years since I graduated from college and I’ve decided to return for my Master’s degree. These first few days of class have been so exciting! I always did love