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

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – February 16, 2018 It’s that time of year again: tax time! Students and parents across Utah are starting to prepare their 2017 taxes (or at least think about it!). Tax preparation can seem overwhelming to many Utah families. Don’t worry! Utah Tax Help helps many

Searching for Scholarships: Easy As 1-2-3!

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – February 13, 2018 There’s a lot of hard work involved in getting scholarships – earning good grades, building your resume, volunteering, writing essays, and asking for letters of recommendation are just a few examples. We think searching for scholarships should be the easiest part of

Info for Utah’s Refugee Students (Pt. 2): Paying for College

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – February 9, 2018 Did you know that Utah is home to over 65,000 refugees from 20 different countries? StepUp is proud of our state’s dedication to diversity and humanitarianism and we are happy to help students from diverse backgrounds navigate their unique paths to college.

Info for Utah’s Refugee Students (Pt. 1): Preparing for College

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – February 9, 2018 Did you know that Utah is home to over 65,000 refugees from 20 different countries? StepUp is proud of our state’s dedication to diversity and humanitarianism. We are happy to help students from diverse backgrounds navigate their unique paths to college. If

Title IV + More Podcast: Episode 12 Transcript

This is the transcript for Episode 12 (February 8, 2018) 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. Listen to the “Title IV + More Podcast for Counselors and Educators” on iTunes Listen to the “Title IV

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Utah Students Win Scholarships By Honoring Their School Counselors

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – February 2018 The Utah School Counselor Association (USCA) awarded its 2018 Lynn Jensen Memorial Scholarships at the Utah State Capitol Building last Thursday. The scholarship honors Dr. Lynn Jensen who, in his thirty years of work at the Utah Office of Education, “was passionate about

Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month was first observed in 1976 and is designed to recognize the importance of African American history, culture, and contributions to our society. StepUp is excited to celebrate Black History throughout this month and the entire year because, when we embrace diversity, we learn new ideas and perspectives, develop positive relationships, and express

Title IV + More Podcast: Episode 11 Transcript

This is the transcript for Episode 11 (January 25, 2018) 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. Listen to the “Title IV + More Podcast for Counselors and Educators” on iTunes Listen to the “Title IV

StepUp Spotlight: Meet our new College Access Manager, Lais Martinez

Hey! My name is Lais Martinez and I am the new College Access Coordinator for StepUP. I am passionate about making applying and getting to college easier for all Utah students. When I am not talking with students about getting ready for college, you can find me, watching my favorite movies on repeat (Selena, Stand

6 Ways To Finish Your School Year Strong

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – January 23, 2018 2018 is here and that means the school year is nearly half over! Here are some expert tips for keeping your momentum in the months leading up to summer break and finishing your school year out strong… 1. Plan ahead From homework