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.

How to Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance This School Year

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – July 1, 2017 Like many of you, I started school this week. It has been six years since I graduated from college and I’ve decided to return for my Master’s degree. These first few days of class have been so exciting! I always did love

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 Questions from Utah Students: Getting Grants to Pay for College

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 college questions about preparing and paying. One of the great questions that came in this week was about one the

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

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

Ask The Experts: College Questions from Utah Students and Parents

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. Recipients of the newsletter are encouraged to reply back to our newsletter if they have any college questions about preparing or paying. Here’s what came in this week along with answers

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