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

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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