State Aid Programs

This year, four major scholarships offered from the State of Utah have been updated. These scholarships include two academic, one new need-based scholarship, and one teaching scholarship.

NEW: Utah Promise Scholarship (need-based)

The Utah Promise Scholarship is the first-ever statewide needs-based scholarship program in Utah. It is available to recent high school graduates and adult learners at Utah’s public colleges and universities, as well as Utah’s public technical colleges. The Utah Promise Scholarship will cover up to tuition and fees for up to two years. The Utah Promise Scholarship is patterned after Dream Weber and SLCC Promise in accordance with HB 260, Access Utah Promise Scholarship.

T. H. Bell Education Scholarship (for future educators)

The T.H. Bell Scholarship is for those intent on entering the teaching profession in Utah. It can be used at all public or private institutions in Utah that offer an approved program including Brigham Young University, Dixie State University, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University, University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Western Governors University, and Westminster College. Changes include:

  • This program was previously the T. H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loan Program, but in accordance with HB 188, T.H. Bell Program Amendments passed in the 2019 legislative session, the program is now a scholarship.
  • Awards distributed prior to July 1, 2019 are forgivable loans and after July 1, 2019 are scholarships.

Award:

The Terrel H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loan Program transitioned to the Terrel H. Education Scholarship Program on July 1, 2019. Awards distributed prior to July 1, 2019, are forgivable loans and after July 1, 2019, are scholarships.

The Terrel H. Bell Education Scholarship Program aims to recruit first-generation students into teaching, encourage outstanding students to work in high-need fields, and recognize teaching as a critically important career in Utah. The scholarship can be used at public or private higher education institutions in Utah that offer approved programs: Brigham Young University, Dixie State University, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University, University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Western Governors University, and Westminster College.

T.H. Bell Scholarships may be for up to the cost of resident tuition, fees, and books, and may be received for up to four consecutive years. Recipients must study in an approved teacher preparation program or in an approved program that prepares an individual to become a speech-language pathologist or another licensed professional providing services in a public school to students with disabilities.

Eligibility:

Undergraduate and graduate students who meet required academic standards, are enrolled in at least six credits, intend to apply to and complete an approved program, and intend to work in a Utah public school are eligible to apply.

Scholarship priority: (1) first-generation students who intend to work in any teaching field or licensure area; (2) students who are not first-generation, but intend to work in a teaching field or licensure area where there is high need; (3) other students who meet the requirements of the scholarship.

Deadlines:

Contact an eligible Utah higher education institution (see above) for more information on the application process and deadlines.

The program is subject to other requirements in accordance with Utah state law and State Board of Regents policy.

UtahCode 53B-8-116
State Board of Regents Policy R621

WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Professional Student Exchange Program enables students in 11 western states to enroll in selected out-of-state professional programs usually because those fields of study are not available at public institutions in their home states. Students enrolled in the WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program receive preference in admission. They pay reduced levels of tuition: for most students, resident tuition in public institutions or reduced standard tuition at private schools. The home state pays a support fee to the admitting school to help cover the cost of students’ education. Fields supported by your state are listed below. State support and program participation affecting students are subject to change by legislative or administrative action. The number of students supported by each state is determined through state legislative appropriations. Utah participates in the Optometry and Podiatry programs. Completed forms are due October 15, 2019. 2019-20 Podiatry and Optometry Application

Regents’ Scholarship and New Century Scholarship (academic)

The state’s academic scholarships—the Regents’ and New Century Scholarship programs—are awarded based on academic achievement during high school.

Changes for the Regents’ Scholarship Class of 2020 include:

  • This academic scholarship may be used to cover up to tuition and fees, after other state aid is awarded. As such, award amounts vary based on individual circumstances.
  • The Regents’ Scholarship can now be used at institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education and the Utah System of Technical Colleges, but not at private institutions like Brigham Young University, LDS Business College, and Westminster College.

Changes for the New Century Scholarship Class of 2020 include:

  • This academic scholarship may be used to cover up to tuition and fees, after other state aid is awarded. As such, award amounts vary based on individual circumstances.
  • The New Century Scholarship can now be used at Utah’s public colleges and universities that grant bachelor’s degrees, not at private institutions like Brigham Young University and Westminster College.
Other State Scholarships

The State of Utah also offers Career and Technical Education Scholarships for noncredit programs at public colleges in Utah and UTECH institutions. Students should talk to their college for more information.