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


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


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


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

Alexa Norton

Four things I wish I’d known about the FAFSA in high school

By Maureen Brakke, on March 3, 2016 This month,  I asked, Alexa Norton, a Utah State University student, to share some things she wishes she would have known about the Free Application for Federal Student aid (FAFSA) when she was in high school. What is the FAFSA? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is … Continued

Help Kids Graduate

Education and Success Series: Part IV

By Sumiko Martinez on January 28, 2016 Welcome to the final installment of StepUpUtah’s Education and Success series! If you missed the first three posts, you can check out Part I here, Part II here, and Part III here. Keep reading for this week’s profiles. Lexi Coon Lives in: South Jordan, Utah Attended: Salt Lake … Continued


Paying For College: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid

By Agustin “Tino” Diaz on October 22, 2016 @TinoJrDiaz The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or the FAFSA) is the gateway to all federal student aid that any U.S. citizen or permanent resident can apply for (It’s completely free!). High school seniors and college students can apply for aid by filling out the FAFSA … Continued