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 … Continued


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 … 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

Save for college

Need gift ideas? Give the gift of education with UESP.

Wonder what you can do to prepare for college right now besides keeping up with your homework? Think about saving for your future with the Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP). Give the gift of education to yourself or someone you love. Start saving for college today with a 529 account from UESP. Even saving small … Continued


FAFSA Deadlines & Steps to Take After the FAFSA (specific Utah college information)

After you’ve submitted your 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there are still a few things you need to do. Some colleges even require that you fill out and submit additional paperwork once you have submitted your FAFSA. Here are specific FAFSA deadlines, FAFSA follow up directions, and contact information for financial aid offices at each of … 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


Utah’s Low FAFSA Completion Rates: Why You Should Care

By Sumiko Martinez on February 25, 2016 The beginning of February marks a huge push in Utah to help high school seniors file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a critical step for many students. It’s often the difference between being able to attend and pay for college or choosing not to … 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