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

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

Be Scholarship Savvy: Stay Organized!

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – July 1, 2017 Benjamin Franklin once said, “For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” When it comes to scholarship applications, staying organized will definitely save you time, but it can also earn you money! Remember that scholarships are not just for high school

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.

2017 Make Your Mark Contest – Win $1,000 for College from UESP

Calling all student artists! Draw on your talents for a chance to win a Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) college savings scholarship account. Create an original bookmark for the 2017 UESP Make Your Mark contest. If selected, your artwork could help you win a $1,000 UESP scholarship account to use toward your college education. UESP

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): 

Personal Statement Writing Tips: The 3-Month Statement

By Burton Rojas, Director of Development for Latinos in Action – June 15, 2017 Recently a student from Alabama got accepted to Yale with a personal statement about pizza. I haven’t read that student’s personal statement but I’m confident it was written in a way that told the readers something important about the writer, not just about pizza. Perhaps

College Questions from Utah Students: Scholarship Owl and Sallie Mae Websites?

Once a month, we send our Prepare + Pay for College E-Newsletter out to almost 200,000 students, parents, counselors, and educators all over Utah. All are welcome to reply back to our newsletter if they have any questions about preparing or paying for college. Here’s one of the great questions that came in this week… Looking to