FAFSA: How to get by without the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

It’s April and you know what that means – the end of the school year is right around the corner. You’ve almost completed another year of school! Whether you’ll be starting or continuing college in the fall (or deferring to a later semester), you need to complete your 2017-2018 FAFSA. Before you file your FAFSA, … Continued


Ten Tips for Becoming a Well-Rounded Student

By StepUp Outreach Coordinator, Richard Gonzalez – March 9, 2017 Regardless of what grade you’re in, there are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for college and your career. You may be stuck trying to figure out what you want to be, but don’t stress. As you work towards becoming a well-rounded … Continued


College Housing Options (Part 2): Living Off-Campus

College offers a chance to meet new people, expand your knowledge and perspective, become more independent, and develop important life skills. Choosing the right living arrangement can help you accomplish all of those things. In part one, we talked about living on your college campus. This week, we’ll explore the pros and cons of living … Continued

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StepUp Spotlight: Meet Richard Gonzalez, StepUp Outreach Coordinator

Hi, I’m Richard and am the new outreach coordinator for StepUp. I have been in this position for only a couple of months and love it! I love being part of an amazing team that is passionate about helping others learn about college. I graduated from Utah State University – Tooele with my Bachelors in Business … Continued


StepUpUtah FAFSA Scholarship Rules for 2017-18

StepUpUtah is awarding $3,000 in scholarships to Utah students who submit their 2017-18 FAFSA. Here are the FAFSA Scholarship Rules for 2017-18: WHAT IT IS:  $2,500 in scholarships are available to Utah high school students who: Attend a StepUP Utah FAFSA Completion Open House See all events at http://stepuputah.com/events Submit a “Scholarship Golden Ticket” at … Continued


What is the FAFSA? Why should I care?

Did you know? Filing your FAFSA is the only way to see if you qualify for money for college. What is the FAFSA? “FAFSA” is an acronym for the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid.” In short, the FAFSA is the one application you submit in order to apply for money to pay for college (such … Continued


Back to school seniors, you’re almost there!

By Sumiko Martinez and Bryan Lee One of the biggest differences between coming back to school as a high school senior and every other year is that this is the year when the idea of college starts to get a lot more real and a lot more exciting. But as you might have guessed, it … Continued

Super Short Essay Contest Winner Announcement!

Thanks to all the students who participated in this fall’s Super Short Essay Scholarship Contest! A panel of six judges reviewed over 275 entries, and the competition was fierce. We are excited to announce our winners, who will each receive a $1,000 college scholarship: All three winners wrote excellent essays. We commend them for their work and wish … Continued


Ways to Pay for College, Part III

By Sumiko Martinez on November 30, 2015 This is the final part of StepUp Utah’s three-part blog series on how real students pay for college (you can check out Part I here and Part II here). There’s no single right way to finance your college education – but here’s how these two students are making … Continued


Ways to Pay for College

By Sumiko Martinez on November 12, 2015 November is College Application Month, and that means that high school seniors all around the state are participating in Utah College Application Week! But there’s another side to preparing for college – the financial side. Despite a lot of persistent myths about scholarships and federal student aid, college … Continued