Financial Aid

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens annually to all students wishing to attend college in the fall on October 1st.

For a step-by-step tutorial for your FAFSA, watch this walk-through video: FASA Walk-through


The average cost of tuition and fees for one year at a public four-year college is approximately $5,000. The average cost of tuition and fees for one year at a private four-year-college is approximately $13,000. Books and supplies average a little over $4,600, while room-and-board averages between $4,000-$5,000.

Financial aid often makes it possible for students to attend colleges they would have otherwise thought to be too expensive. Students and parents therefore should never assume that they cannot afford a particular college or university.

Financial aid is money that is given or lent to help students pay for their education. It can be received as a grant, scholarship or loan.
As a general rule, private colleges are smaller and public colleges are less expensive. A student attending a public college/university in a different state, will have to pay the more expensive out-of-state tuition. For example, the tuition for one year at Ohio State university is approximately $6.000 for an Ohio resident, but around $17,000 for an out-of-state resident.

What is an SAR (Student Aid Report)? Breakdown of the Student Aid Report

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One more reason to file your FAFSA! Did you know that students who qualify for Pell grants can receive additional funding to cover the full cost of college? There is no need to fill out additional applications, just apply for admission and submit your FAFSA to qualify! Don’t wait – deadlines apply; and when the funds are used, you are out of luck.


Access Utah Promise Scholarship Program – The state of Utah provides assistance to qualifying students with financial need to cover up to full tuition at any Utah college. Eligibility requirements include: high school diploma, not previously earned an associate degree, Utah resident, demonstrate financial need, accept all other grants, tuition and/or fee waivers, and scholarships offered to intended institution, and maintain good academic standing in college. This is a Last Dollar scholarship, covering all remaining fees after all other waivers/scholarships/grants are used. See here for complete details. Students must file FAFSA for eligibility. Talk to your college financial aid office for more information.

Higher Education Success Stipend Program (HESSP) – State of Utah Grant and Work Study program for students who have financial need. This can be used at any Utah college. Eligibility includes: students must file FAFSA and be eligible for grants or work study assistance, be a Utah resident, be admitted to college and attend at least half-time, and maintain satisfactory academic progress. See here for complete details and talk to your college financial aid office for eligibility.

HERE ARE A FEW COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY FOR GRANTS THROUGH FAFSA. ASK YOUR COLLEGE ABOUT OTHER OPTIONS. Be aware of early deadlines. Application for these scholarships are in conjunction with admission application and FAFSA completion.

Need to understand Financial Aid terms better? Student Finance Glossary

Offering loans and scholarships, and advice on how to save money while going to college in Utah: College Affordability Guide

Quest Bridge is a nationally recognized program that connects high-achieving, low-income students to full four-year scholarships from 42 of the nation’s best colleges, including Amherst, Duke, MIT, Stanford, and Yale.  If you excel academically and typically earn A’s in the most challenging courses available and come from a household earning less than $65,000 annually (family of four with limited assets), or qualify for free or reduced lunch, visit for information.

Do you know about the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)? It is a program that partners with western states in helping students attend colleges out-of-state for reduced tuition fees. Eligible states include: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, The Commonwealth of Northern Marina Islands, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. To find out if you are eligible for the WUE or to apply, contact your intended college’s financial aid office.

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