First Responder Mental Health Services Grant

The First Responder Mental Health Services Grant is a state-funded grant program that provides funding to first responders, first responder agency support staff, first responder volunteers, or retired first responders in Utah who are seeking a degree or certificate to become a mental health therapist.

  • Eligible Students:        
    • Utah adult residents
    • Law enforcement officers and other eligible first responders, first responder volunteers, and retired first responders
  • Eligibility Requirements:
    • Be a first responder, first responder volunteer, or a retiree who worked as a first responder in Utah
    • Enroll in a degree or certificate program that will qualify the applicant upon completion to become a mental health therapist at an eligible institution
  • Eligible Uses:     
    • Tuition and fees
  • Award:  
    • Up to $6,000 per academic year, after all other financial aid
  • Award Duration:    
    • Up to four academic years
  • Eligible Institutions:       
    • Public, degree-granting institutions:
      • Salt Lake Community College
      • Snow College
      • Southern Utah University
      • University of Utah
      • Utah State University
      • Utah Tech University
      • Utah Valley University
      • Weber State University
    • Private, non-profit institutions:
      • Brigham Young University
      • Ensign College
      • Westminster University
      • Western Governors University
  • Application Period:     
    • 2024-2025 applicant information (new and renewal):
      • Second application opens – May 15, 2024
      • Final deadline – June 15, 2024
  • Additional Information: