Public Safety Officer Career Advancement Reimbursement (PSOCAR) Program

The PSOCAR Program reimburses up to half of tuition and fees (maximum of $5,000 per year, subject to funding) for students enrolled in criminal justice related programs at a Utah System of Higher Education institution, and is available for up to eight academic years.

PSOCAR was reinstated with S.B. 6003, Law Enforcement Tuition Reimbursement in the 2020 6th Special Session of the Utah Legislature after being temporarily discontinued in 2019. Detailed rules for this program can be found in Utah Code Title 53B, Chapter 8, Section 112.

Qualified applicants must:

  • be a certified peace officer, currently employed by a law enforcement agency in Utah;
  • be seeking a postsecondary degree in the area of criminal justice from a credit-granting USHE Institution;
  • have earned credit for all classes for which the applicant is seeking reimbursement;
  • be employed by a law enforcement agency in Utah as a certified peace officer for three consecutive years prior to the completion of the academic year for which he or she is seeking reimbursement; and
  • be employed by a law enforcement agency in Utah as a certified peace officer for one additional year after the completion of that academic year. 

Applications are due November 1, 2020.

2020 Applications will reimburse for both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years as defined by your institution.
  • A separate application for each year of reimbursement must be submitted.
  • Download the 2017-18 reimbursement application here.
  • Download the 2018-19 reimbursement application here.


Applications must be postmarked or received by the contact for your institution listed below on or before the application deadline in order to be considered for funding. 

Dixie State University
Dr. Lish Harris
Associate Professor of CJ
225 S. 700 E.
St. George, UT 84770
(435) 879-4423
Southern Utah University
Delane Smith
Lecturer, Associate Department Chair
351 W. University Blvd.
Cedar City, UT 84720
(435) 586-5410
Salt Lake Community College
Julia Ellis
Program Manager, Institute of Public Safety
9750 S. 300 W., PSET 270
Sandy, UT 84070
(801) 957-5320
University of Utah
Heather Melton
Director of Criminology Program
390 S. 1530 E. #301
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581-3108
Snow College
Dennis Schugk
Assistant Professor
150 E. College Ave.
Ephraim, UT 84627
(435) 283-7580
Utah State University
M. Scott Henrie
Associate Professor, CJ Coordinator
451 E. 400 N.
Price, UT 84501
(435) 613-5135
Utah Valley University
Matthew Duffin
Associate Professor, Department Chair
800 W. University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058
(801) 863-6896
Weber State University
Brent Horn
CJ Department Chair
1299 Edvalson St. Dept 1206
Ogden, UT 84408
(801) 626-8846