College IS possible!

By Maureen Brakke on February 18, 2016 Do you plan to go to college but have NO IDEA how you’re going to get there? If this is you, here are some things you can start doing right now to help you get in the right mindset to get to college: College is for everyone. Even you. Don’t

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

Education and Success Series: Part III

By Sumiko Martinez on January 21, 2016 If you missed the first two weeks of the Education & Success series, you can check out Part I here and Part II here! Read on to hear two fresh perspectives. Heather Flash Lives in: Seattle, Washington (formerly Salt Lake City, UT) Attended: University of Utah Degree: B.S.,

6 Reasons Why You Should File the FAFSA Every Year You’re in College

There’s no reason not to file the FAFSA every year you’re in college! Here’s why… It’s the only way to apply for ALL federal and most states’ financial aid, This includes Pell grants, work-study programs, federal student loans, and grant programs you might have never heard about. Even if you have a full ride scholarship or

Education and Success Series: Post I

By Sumiko Martinez on January 7, 2016 Happy New Year, everyone! To kick off 2016 with some education-related inspiration, StepUp Utah will be featuring a four-week series of profiles on successful people from different walks of life, talking about how education helped them to get where they are. Our first two profiles are from Lola

Paying For College: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid

By Agustin “Tino” Diaz on October 22, 2016 @TinoJrDiaz The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or the FAFSA) is the gateway to all federal student aid that any U.S. citizen or permanent resident can apply for (It’s completely free!). High school seniors and college students can apply for aid by filling out the FAFSA

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

Ways to Pay for College, Part II

By Sumiko Martinez on November 19, 2015 Welcome to the second part of StepUpUtah’s month-long blog series on the way that real students take the formula of “savings/scholarships/grants/work-study/student loans” and put it into practice to pay for college! If you missed the first installment, you can check it out here. Tina Xu Senior at the

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

Researching & Analyzing College Costs

By Sumiko Martinez on September 24, 2015 One of the first steps in deciding where you want to go to college is researching the costs. At first it might seem overwhelming, but remember: YOU choose where to go, and it’s up to you to pick the college that’s the best fit, at the best price.