Financial Aid

To qualify for federal aid for college students and parents must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aide (FAFSA).  Federal programs that are associated with the completion of the FAFSA include grants, work study programs, federal student loans and many scholarships.  You can not have access to these programs without completing this form! The FAFSA is available for being filled out October 1 of the student’s senior year in high school.  Parents and students are now able to use the previous years taxes when completing the FAFSA, making it much easier to fill out the FAFSA *Please note that in addition to completing the FAFSA, there is also additional paperwork that must be filled out and submitted to the college where the student will be attending.  Please refer to the deadlines for Utah schools below. You can also link into each Utah college’s financial aid web page by clicking on the school links below. Remember that the FAFSA is free. There are sites and companies that are scams and try to get your money for filling out the FAFSA. For more information on scholarship and financial aid scams, read “Don’t Get Scammed on Your Way to College!” and “Save Your Money and Identity” pdf files at the bottom of this page.  There are several useful pdf files at the bottom of this page.

Before completing the FAFSA it is recommended that you obtain a FSA ID for both the student and parent. This is needed before you can sign the completed FAFSA electronically.  It can take up to 24 hours for this ID to be verified after creating it. To create your FSA ID visit the following FAFSA ID link:

FAFSA ID

Link to FAFSA 

You can use the FAFSA Forecaster to project what type and amount of Federal Student Aide that you can qualify for before completing the actual FAFSA.  The FAFSA Forecaster can be pulled up from the FAFSA link or at: www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov

Utah College and University Priority Financial Aid Deadlines

Brigham Young University:            May 1
BYU Idaho:                                   May 1
Dixie State University:                   Year-Round
LDS Business College:                   August 1
Salt Lake Community College:       April 15
Snow College                                March 1
Southern Utah University:              December 1
University of Utah:                         December 1
Utah State University:                Year-Round
(January 10 if you are applying for Needs Based Scholarships)
Utah State University Eastern:        Year-Round
Utah Valley University:                   Year-Round 
Weber State University:                  April 1
Westminster College:                     February 1

Helpful Financial Aid Websites

FAFSA:  www.fafsa.gov

Predict your financial aid with the FAFSA Forecaster: www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov

FAFSA publications: www.studentaid.ed.gov/pubs

FAFSA resources: studentaid.ed.gov/resources

Federal Funding (Student Loans): www.studentaid.ed.gov/funding

College Savings Plans: www.collegesavings.org

Step Up Utah: https://stepuputah.com/

Utah Educational Savings Plan Accounts (UESP): uesp.org

Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority (UHEAA): Utah’s Financial Aid Experts:

UHEAA on Facebook:  fb.com/uheaa

Paying For College Step-Up Utah YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/StepUpUtah