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Utah College Application and Financial Aid Awareness Month

Resources for counselors and advisors

The goal of Utah College Application and Financial Aid Awareness Month is to provide every high school senior at our partner schools the opportunity to complete at least one college or university application during the school day and to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid during a coordinated FAFSA Night event with access to parents.

Utah College Application and Financial Aid Awareness Month events have a particular focus on students who would be the first in their families to attend college, low-income students, or students who may not have otherwise considered applying.

UCAW and FAFSA Night events take place every October in high schools around the state.

Governor Cox declares October 2021 as Utah College Application and Financial Aid  Awareness Month.

Here are a few resources for counselors to use during UCAW and Planning for College and Career Readiness meetings with students. 

Additional materials and handouts are found in the UCAW Site Coordinator Manual

Keys to Success UCAW 

Keys to Success College Awareness and Planning Resources

College Deadlines

Senior Year Timeline to College Readiness

While students need help navigating from high school into postsecondary success the number one concern of students and parents is how they will pay for it. The resources below will help address these concerns.

2021 FAFSA Night Coordinator Manual
What You Need to File the 2022-2023 FAFSA (available in Spanish in the Spanish Language Materials section below)
How to Create Your FSA ID (available in Spanish in the Spanish Language Materials section below)
Creative Ways to Afford Higher Education
Paying for College Tips for Undocumented Students (available in Spanish in the section below and in multiple languages in the “2021 FAFSA Night Coordinator Manual” above)
Paying for College Tips for Refugee and Asylee Students (available in Spanish in thesection below and in multiple languages in the “2021 FAFSA Night Coordinator Manual” above)
COVID-19 & the FAFSA (available in Spanish in the section below)

2021 Utah Colleges Instructional Application Info

Take a tour: 
btech.edu/students/advising

Contact info:
Kori Thompson
(435)-750-3239
kthompson@btech.edu

How to apply: 
btech.edu/students/enrollment

Dixie Tech video (30 seconds)

Take a tour:
dixietech.edu

How to apply: 
apply.dixietech.edu

610 S. Tech Ridge Drive. St. George, Utah 84770
435-674-8400

Take a tour: 
mtec.edu/tours

How to apply:
mtec.edu/admissions

2301 W Ashton Blvd. Lehi, Utah 84043
801-753-6282

How to apply: 
stech.edu
757 West 800 S. Cedar City, Utah 84720
435-586-2899

How to apply: 
tooeletech.edu
88 S Tooele Blvd, Tooele, Utah 84074
435-248-1800

How to apply: 
ubtech.edu
450 N 2000 W. Vernal, Utah 84078
435-725-7100

Contact UCAW

Lisa Molina: ucaw@ushe.edu

About the national campaign

The American College Application Campaign (ACAC) and the ACT center for equity and learning is a national initiative to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a post-secondary education. The purpose is to help high school seniors navigate the college admissions process and ensure each participating student submits at least one admissions application

The ACAC initiative began in 2005, in a single GEAR UP North Carolina high school in Chatham County. Since 2008, the number of states implementing a College Application program has been growing. In 2013 Utah joined ACAC as the 39th state. In 2014 all states jointed this national campaign.

More information and resources from ACAC