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

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.

Paying for College Checklist for 12th Graders

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – April 6, 2017 It seems like summer began yesterday, but now it is time for school to start again. The first few weeks back after spending your summer days hanging out with your friends, sleeping in, and enjoying the warm summer weather can be rough.

Springtime: Planting Your College Money Seeds

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – April 6, 2017 The weather is warming up, the snow is melting, and the sun is shining more. Huzzah! It must be April in Utah! One of my new favorite things about living in Utah in the spring is planting and growing a garden. Before

Shopping Lists and Financial Aid Award Letters

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – March 16, 2017 Wouldn’t it be nice if you could read your financial aid award letter like a grocery shopping list? Luckily, at many universities and colleges in Utah, you can! The Department of Education has released a “financial aid shopping list” to make it easier to compare

Cast a Wide Net: College Net Price Calculators

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – March 2, 2017 The weather is warming up, everyone is dreaming about Spring Break, and colleges are starting to award scholarships and financial aid to their incoming freshman. Many high school seniors and their families worry about how they are going to pay for college. They wonder

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Need gift ideas? Give the gift of education with UESP.

Wonder what you can do to prepare for college right now besides keeping up with your homework? Think about saving for your future with the Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP). Give the gift of education to yourself or someone you love. Start saving for college today with a 529 account from UESP. Even saving small

Matching dollars toward your dreams

What do you want to be when you grow up? Right now it seems miles away, but your dream of being a graphic designer, engineer, EMT, doctor, lawyer, dental hygienist, or nurse is closer than you think. Whether a four-year university is your plan, or a two-year college or technical school would better suit your

Part 2: How to save money on college tuition

By Steve Rogers on April 7, 2016 @Stephen_Rogers_ This is the second blog post in our Limiting College Debt blog series. Read Part I here. Tuition and fees are generally the biggest college cost for students (and parents). Unfortunately, these items never seem to go on sale. The best way to combat the costs of

Parents: What you can do to help your child prepare for & save for college

By Agustin “Tino” Diaz on February 22, 2016 @TinoJrDiaz Not sure when to start thinking about paying for college? Not to mention how to get started!? Below are some tips on how you can be proactive about preparing for college expenses. Share them with your children so they can be part of saving for their college