The average cost of an in-state college for a Utah resident is about $18k per year. Here are six ways you can cut down those costs while you're in high school.



SCHOLARSHIPS OF THE MONTH:

Values: $1,500-6,500
Deadline: March 22nd for "Teen Driver" 
Postmarked by April 24 for "Your Turn..."


Value: $500-5,000
Deadline: March 15





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TIPS OF THE MONTH:

TIP ONE: 
Ask your parents if their work offers any help with future college costs. They may offer scholarships for family members of their employees or other awesome programs like tuition reimbursement or discount programs that could save you a lot of dough!

TIP TWO: 
The Utah Scholars Recognition Application deadline is in March. 
If you have earned 200 points, you'll earn the Utah Scholars certificate and medallion to wear at your graduation. It's not too late to complete the college readiness tasks you need to qualify. Click here for more information.


 You CAN afford to go to college, no matter your situation.


DID YOU KNOW?

Colleges offer scholarships on a yearly basis. Look for scholarships on your college's website and by calling their financial aid office. Mark your calendar with important deadlines and reminders so you don't forget to apply (or re-apply) each year. 



MEET THE STEPUP TEAM:

Meet Erika, the Utah Scholars Program Manager .




How are you going to pay for college? Not sure? Don't worry. We have everything you need to know.





EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Utah CollegeCon is a free conference experience on March 18 to help prepare Utah students like yourself for success in college and career. Learn more.

Free help applying for financial aid:

You need to complete your FAFSA in order to receive financial aid like grants, work-study, and student loans. We can help you complete your FAFSA at any of our free and public FAFSA Nights. Find one near you.



If you or your parents have any questions about preparing or paying for college, we're here to help. Just reply to this email and our expert staff will respond within 24 hours.

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