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

#WhyWorkStudy: Part 3

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

FAFSA Success Story: Difficult Circumstances with a Good Outcome

Hi! My name is Fred Ha and I work for StepUp to Higher Education as a FAFSA specialist at Granger High. I’m excited to share FAFSA Success Stories from some of my students.         Working hard, either academically or at work, is important because it builds character, provides many opportunities, and overall

#WhyWorkStudy: Part 2

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

#WhyUtahColleges: My University of Utah Experience

By Erik Helgeson – 1.22.19 Greetings to all the students of Utah! I’m very excited to be able to write to you all and share with you my experiences living in Salt Lake City and attending school at The University of Utah. Just to give you some background about myself, my name is Erik Helgeson