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Learnin’ & Earnin’: What You Should Know About Federal Work-Study

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – July 1, 2017 Since today’s blog discusses work…a lot…I think we should lighten up this post by starting with a joke. Why did the can crusher quit his job?… …Because it was SODA PRESSING! All jokes aside, work can be a fun, engaging, and fulfilling … Continued


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College Question from a Utah Parent: Searching and Applying for Scholarships

Utah Parent Question: “Hi! We’ve really struggled to find scholarships that are legitimate ones my son can apply for. His grades are stellar, he’s on track for the Regents Scholarship, but we’d like to figure out where the best places are to find other scholarships. Any suggestions?” Expert Answer (from StepUp Outreach Officer, Jacob Newman):  … Continued



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StepUp Spotlight: Meet our Utah Paying for College Experts, Katie and Jacob

We’re happy to tell you all about our amazing Community Outreach Officers in this week’s StepUp Spotlight. Jacob and Katie are both fairly new additions to our team and we couldn’t be happier to have them. Not only are they great outreach officers, FAFSA wizards, and Paying for College Experts, they’re also wonderful people who care … Continued


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FAFSA Verification: What is it and what do I do if I am selected?

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – March 22, 2017 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 … Continued



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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 … Continued


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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 … Continued


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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 … Continued


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Six Steps to Slashing College Costs

By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – February 16, 2017   The cost of attending college in Utah for the average resident is about $18,000 per year! If this figure seems a little scary at first, step back and take a deeeeeeep breath. Inhale slowly… Now exhale slowly… Okay. Now that your heart … Continued