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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


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What do U.S. Presidents and college prep have in common?

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – February 8, 2017 With the Presidents’ Day holiday this month, let’s honor our Commanders-in-Chief with some presidential trivia and a few suggestions about how you can prepare for college. Did you know…? Harvard University has produced the highest number of U.S. presidents. Seven presidents earned … Continued


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Where can I get help with the FAFSA?

If you’re going to college next fall, the time has arrived to fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – or FAFSA. It’s the one and only application that you must submit to find out if you’re eligible to receive federal financial aid to pay for college. Federal financial aid can be… … Continued


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Things you will need to file your 2017-18 FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is now available online for the 2017-2018 academic year (that’s fall 2017 through summer 2018). If you’re one of the millions of students planning on applying for financial aid for college (such as grants, work-study, and student loans), you’ll need to fill it out and submit … Continued