ACT requirement removed for Regents’ Scholarship applicants, class of 2021

Change comes as many ACT exams statewide were canceled due to COVID-19           

Beginning today, Monday, November 16, the ACT requirement for Regents’ Scholarship (class of 2021) applicants is no longer required. ACT exams were canceled statewide due to the coronavirus pandemic, and cancelations continue to cause disruption to students hoping to apply.

Previously, a minimum ACT composite score of 22 was required to receive the scholarship.

“We hope that removing the required ACT score for Regent’s Scholarship (class of 2021) applicants will help ease the burden the coronavirus pandemic has had on Utah students,” said Dave R. Woolstenhulme, Commissioner of Higher Education. “Our number one concern is student safety and wellness; this ensures that scholarship applicants won’t be negatively impacted by measures taken to protect them against COVID-19.”

About the Regents’ Scholarship

The Regents’ Scholarship program is awarded based on academic achievement during high school. The Regents’ Scholarship:

  • May be used to cover up to tuition and fees after other state aid is considered. For this reason, award amounts vary based on individual circumstances.
  • Can be used at Utah’s public colleges and universities, technical colleges, as well as private nonprofit colleges in the state.
  • More information: http://regentsscholarship.org/

The Regents’ Scholarship (class of 2021) application opens today, Monday, November 16, 2020.

The Utah Board of Higher Education is expected to approve the removal of the ACT score requirement at its meeting on December 18, 2020.