Spring is Scholarship Season

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – March 20, 2019 Hello everyone! I’m Katie Wornek and I work as an Outreach Officer for StepUp Utah and I have a confession….I. HATE. WINTER. No amount of hot chocolate or skiing can make up for the fact that, for basically 6 months out of

How to Spot a Scholarship Scam

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – March 13, 2019 There are many resources designed to help students just like you pay for college. Scholarships are one of the best options because you never have to pay the money back. Most scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit – this includes

Question from a Utah Parent: College Resources for Low-Income Students

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

The Importance of Understanding Your Financial Aid Package

Written by University of Utah student and StepUp Federal Work-Study Employee Marcella Sweet – Posted on February 27, 2019 After you get accepted into your college and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will receive a financial aid award letter explaining your college costs and the financial aid available to you,

Choosing the College Major that’s Right for You

Written by University of Utah student and StepUp Federal Work-Study Employee Marcella Sweet – Posted on February 19, 2019 Choosing what to study in college can be challenging. I struggled to find the right field of study – I stood in my own way and made my life harder by clinging to misguided opinions. I

Question from a Utah Parent: Is it too Late to Complete the FAFSA?

Parent Question:  If a student never completed the FAFSA, but graduated high school and is now attending a university, can they still apply for financial aid? Where would they do so? Is there a deadline for applications? Thanks,  Parent of a Utah student   Reply from Katie Wornek, StepUp Utah Paying for College Expert: Thank

Advice from Utah College Students: Marie-Chantal Niwenshuti

Mwiriwe! (Or “Hello!” in Kinyarwanda). My name is Marie-Chantal Niwenshuti.   I am Rwandese. Currently, I work part-time and I am a full-time student at Utah Valley University (UVU) majoring in psychology. I am also a UVU Ambassador and project lead for their diversity team. I came to the United States in 2009 with my