Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By Katie Wornek – StepUp Outreach Officer and Paying For College Expert – 1.11.2018     This Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day – a federal holiday officially established in 1986 to commemorate Dr. King’s birthday and celebrate his life’s work. Dr. King valued learning in his own life (he received his Ph.D. from

Got Accepted? Now Call Your Housing Department

Congratulations! You just applied for college or just received your acceptance letter.     You now need to decide where you are going to live while attending college. Fall 2018 seems to be far away; but the fact is, if you wait until the end of this school year, you may be out of luck

Parents: Earn Utah State Tax Benefits by Saving for College with UESP

Parents! Submit Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) contributions by year’s end to qualify for tax credits!   (Salt Lake City) When Utah taxpayers save for college with the Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP), they can also save on their 2017 taxes. If they meet certain year-end deadlines, any contribution, up to the allowed maximum, that

Saying Thanks This Holiday Season

  We’re in the middle of the winter holiday season and there’s no better time to step back from the leftover turkey sandwich, take a break from your holiday shopping, and give thanks to those who have helped you achieve success. For high school seniors, college application season is in full swing. As you request

4 Things Utah Students Can Give Thanks For

By Katie Wornek – StepUp Outreach Officer and Paying For College Expert – 11.23.17   Thanksgiving 2017 has now come and gone. I’m personally grateful for a weekday off, non-stop football games, and lots of food. But, as a student, I have plenty of other things to be grateful for year-round! Whether you’re in college

What to do if you missed out on Utah College Application Week

Missed out on Utah College Application Week at your school? Haven’t applied for college yet?     Don’t panic! It’s not the end of the world. You still have time to apply for college! And StepUp has the resources to help.      Decide where you want to apply. Take some time to research colleges

Apply Today for StepUp Utah Scholars Recognition!

StepUp Utah Scholars wants to recognize you for going above and beyond as you have prepared for college. Students who have met the requirements will earn the StepUp Utah Scholars certificate and medallion. Follow these steps and apply today.   1. Meet the Requirements You will need to complete at least 20 Next Steps from

Dawn over Bryce Canyon

What Utah’s National Parks Can Teach You About Student Life

By Katie Wornek – StepUp Outreach Officer and Paying For College Expert – 11.2.17 Last week, I had the privilege of travelling to southern Utah for three FAFSA Completion Open Houses (events where we help students and parents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – https://stepuputah.com/events). Monticello High School, Grand County High School,

I filed my 2018-19 FAFSA. What are the next steps?

So you’ve applied to college and filed your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), right? If not, there’s still time but don’t wait too long or you’ll be scrambling at the last minute trying to get it all done.     Read follow-up emails.  After you’ve sent your application to the colleges/universities you want to