FAFSA – IRS Data Retrieval Tips and Tricks

By Jacob Newman – StepUp Outreach Officer and Paying For College Expert – 10.20.17 The temperature is dropping, school is in full swing, Halloween is just around the corner, and FAFSA season is here! StepUp has hosted many completion open houses for the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid throughout the state. Students and

Who Is My Parent On The FAFSA?

By Katie Wornek – StepUp Outreach Officer and Paying For College Expert – 10.13.17 The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application you must submit to be considered for all forms of federal student aid (grants, work-study, and student loans). Utah’s government also uses the FAFSA for distributing state grants, and most

FAFSA Fears, Myths, and Urban Legends

By Katie Wornek – StepUp Outreach Officer and Paying For College Expert – 10.3.17 October is here, and with it comes pumpkin carving, haunted houses, and FAFSA SEASON. The “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (or FAFSA) is the form you must complete to be considered for all forms of financial aid aid from the federal

New Grade-By-Grade Checklists

By StepUp Utah Scholars Program Manager, Erika Norton – Posted on September 28th, 2017 Here at StepUp Utah our main goal is to help students achieve their big dreams. Do you want to be a video game designer or a doctor? A college degree will help you achieve your goals. We can help you get

What You Need to Complete the 2018-19 FAFSA

The 2018-19 FAFSA (FAFSA = Free Application for Federal Student Aid – the one and only application you fill out to apply for federal financial aid like grants, work-study, and student loans) will be available for high school seniors and college students all over the country starting on October 1st. Here’s a list of the

Planning Ahead for College Costs: Estimate Financial Aid with the FAFSA4caster

The FAFSA4caster is a free financial aid calculator offered by the Department of Education and Federal Student Aid that gives you an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. This information helps families plan ahead for college costs before the senior year of high school when students and parents complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application

Paying for College: What Utah’s Undocumented Students Need to Know

By Katie Wornek – StepUp Outreach Officer and Paying For College Expert – Posted on September 22nd, 2017 The nature of America’s immigration laws and practices is very uncertain right now. This can leave many students and families feeling confused and nervous, especially when it comes to planning for college. If you need answers and guidance

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.

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

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):