Searching for Scholarships: Easy As 1-2-3!

By Katie Wornek, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – February 13, 2018 There’s a lot of hard work involved in getting scholarships – earning good grades, building your resume, volunteering, writing essays, and asking for letters of recommendation are just a few examples. We think searching for scholarships should be the easiest part of

Got Accepted? Now Call Your Housing Department

Congratulations! You just applied for college or just received your acceptance letter.     You now need to decide where you are going to live while attending college. Fall 2018 seems to be far away; but the fact is, if you wait until the end of this school year, you may be out of luck

Parents: Earn Utah State Tax Benefits by Saving for College with UESP

Parents! Submit Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) contributions by year’s end to qualify for tax credits!   (Salt Lake City) When Utah taxpayers save for college with the Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP), they can also save on their 2017 taxes. If they meet certain year-end deadlines, any contribution, up to the allowed maximum, that

This Holiday, Give Yourself the Gift of Scholarship Money!

The school year is nearly half over! If you’re getting anxious about college costs, you could ask Santa for tuition money…or you can give yourself the gift of scholarship money! Many of you will soon be on your holiday break from school. You should definitely have fun and relax – you’ve earned it!    

Question from a Utah Student: Scholarships for Sophomores

Question from a Utah high school sophomore: What scholarships do you know about that a sophomore could apply for? Answer from Jacob Newman, StepUp Utah Paying for College Expert: That’s a really great question. Many scholarships are geared towards high school seniors, but there are many that you can apply for earlier than that! It’s

I filed my 2018-19 FAFSA. What are the next steps?

So you’ve applied to college and filed your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), right? If not, there’s still time but don’t wait too long or you’ll be scrambling at the last minute trying to get it all done.     Read follow-up emails.  After you’ve sent your application to the colleges/universities you want to

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