My name is Max Gonzales and I am the College Access Adviser here at Kearns High School. My main goal is to help students at Kearns High to prepare, apply, and finance college. I am here to help you find answers to the questions you may have about college applications, college entrance exams (ACT or SAT), financial aid, scholarships, or anything college related.

My office is by the vending machines diagonal from the Counseling Center and I am available to meet daily during school hours and after school. Please don't hesitate to come by and see me! Otherwise, you may email me at mgonzales12@graniteschools.org. or call my office number 385-646-5381

Max Gonzales

Why should you go to college?

Going to college and earning a degree is becoming more and more important in society. The number of jobs that require a college degree is increasing every day. By 2018, 66% of the jobs here in Utah will require some college education!

If you look at this chart above, you'll see that the money you make without a college degree may not be enough. Graduating from High School means that you'll make barely above the poverty line! Going to college opens the door to make more money!

What to do to PREPARE:

Senior Year:

Set up an appointment to meet with Max Gonzales, the College Access Adviser
Take the ACT
Search for and Apply for any and all Scholarships
Choose at least 3 Colleges/Universities you're interested in
Apply for College Admission
Apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Junior Year:

Start looking for scholarships and Apply to any that are open to Juniors
Start looking at colleges and request information (They will send you information for FREE!)
Visit college campuses and take a tour
Take the ACT in the Spring of your Junior Year

Sophomore/Freshman Year:

Keep your grades up
Take challenging courses
Get involved in a club or two and hold a leadership position

Apply To College Online:

Click on a College to go to the main website for that school. If you want to start filling out the application for that school, click on the "Apply Now" link under the school logo.


Apply Now to Brigham Young University

Apply Now to Dixie State College

Apply Now to LDS Business College

Apply Now to Salt Lake Community College

Apply Now to Snow College

Apply Now to Southern Utah University

Apply Nowto the University of Utah

Apply Nowto Utah State University

Apply Now to Utah State University - College of Eastern Utah
(NOTE: Utah State University-CEU only uses a paper application)

Apply Now to Utah Valley University

Apply Now to Weber State University

Apply Now to Westminster College


There are many scholarships out there. You just need to put in some work to find them! I will collect as many as I can find and post them to my Scholarship Bulletin, but you must also go online and search for them. Scholarship search engines are FREE! DO NOT PAY ANYONE OR GIVE YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION TO WEBSITES PROMISING SCHOLARSHIPS!!

Here are some places to start looking for scholarships:

Scholarships with no citizenship requirements:
  • www.educationopps.org
  • www.educate-utah.org
  • www.latinocollegedollars.com
  • www.maldef.org

Financial Aid:

To apply for financial aid, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. However, FAFSA does not open until January 1st of the year you are applying for school.

American College Test (ACT):

The ACT is a college entrance exam required by many colleges and universities. The ACT contains four subject tests: English, Mathematics, Science Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension (a fifth test, Writing, can be taken for an additional cost.) The score from the ACT may be used to determine admissions or placement in college classes.

Every student should take the ACT! Students should plan on taking the ACT at least once in the Spring of their Junior year and again in the Fall of their Senior year. The cost of the ACT is $38 (the optional Writing test may be taken for an additional $16.50) as long as the student registers by the regular deadline.

If a student is on Free or Reduced lunch and or fee waiver, he or she may be eligible for an ACT fee waiver. Please see Mr. Gonzales in the counseling center for more details about the ACT fee waiver.

To apply for the ACT and view test dates, please visit www.actstudent.org. For more information, please visit Nomani in the Counseling Center.

ACT Preparation:

Do you need help studying for the ACT???! Here are some great FREE ACT Prep resources:


1. Find Kearns High School at bottom
2. Click Let’s Go
3. Click NO
4. The “Magic Word” is code: ARCHES
5. Create Shmoop account
6. Click “Test Prep Passes”

1. Click on Research Room
2. Click on Careers and Tests
3. Click on Testing and Education Ref Ctr
4. Click on College Prep Tools
5. Click on ACT
6. Click on ACT Online Course
7. Click on Start Now
8. New Users click on Register Now
9. Create a user name and password

Undocumented Student Information:

House Bill 144 (HB144):

Students who are undocumented CAN attend colleges and universities and pay in-state tuition if they qualify for HB144. House Bill 144 is a Utah law which passed in the year 2002 that allows qualifying undocumented students to pay in-state tuition, the same rate as Utah residents, if he or she attends a public college or university in Utah. If they don’t qualify for HB144, the student can still attend college, but will have to pay out-of-state tuition in public institutions.

In order to qualify for HB144, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Must have attended a UTAH high school for three (3) or more consecutive years.
  • Must have graduated from a UTAH high school with a diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must NOT be registered as an entering student at a Utah college or university before the fall semester of 2002.
  • Must have filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible.

One IMPORTANT fact to remember is that undocumented students must matriculate only at public colleges and universities in Utah! If they attend private schools such as BYU, LDS Business College, or Westminster College, the student would longer benefit from HB144. Talk to the admissions office of the college you want to go to for more details!

Websites with Scholarships that have NO citizenship requirements:

  • www.educationopps.org
  • www.educate-utah.org
  • www.latinocollegedollars.com
  • www.maldef.org