State of Utah Scholarships and Aid Programs

Opportunity Scholarship

New legislation passed during the 2021 session created a simplified, statewide, achievement-based scholarship—the Opportunity Scholarship. The Opportunity Scholarship will be awarded based on academic achievement during high school.

The Opportunity Scholarship will be available to students beginning with the high school graduating class of 2022.

Utah Promise Scholarship

The Utah Promise Scholarship is a statewide scholarship program  available to students with financial need in Utah. It is available at all Utah public colleges, universities, and technical colleges. The Utah Promise Scholarship will cover up to tuition and fees for up to two years.

 

 

T.H. Bell Education Scholarship​

The T.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. T.H. Bell Scholarships may cover up to the cost of resident tuition, fees, and books. It also may be received for up to four consecutive years. Recipients must study in an approved education program. It can be used at all public or private institutions in Utah that offer an approved program.

Utah Private, Non-Profit School Scholarship

This application is for 2020 high school graduates who intended to apply for the Regents’ Scholarship but opted not to do so because their preferred Utah institution did not qualify.

 

 

Technical College Scholarships

The Utah Technical College Scholarship is for students enrolled in certain high-demand technical college programs. Scholarship funds can cover the total cost of tuition, program fees, and required textbooks, for up to 12 months following the student’s high school graduation date.

WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP)

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) allows Utah residents to enroll in cooperating out-of-state optometry and podiatry professional programs because those fields of study are not available at public institutions in Utah. Students enrolled through WICHE’s Professional Student Exchange Program pay reduced tuition. Their home state of Utah pays a “support fee” to the enrolling school to reduce the cost of the student’s education. State support and program participation affecting students are subject to change by legislative or administrative action. A completed and approved application does not guarantee funding; state legislative appropriations determine the number of students the state can support each year. 

Applications are due by October 15th. To be considered, applicants must demonstrate 5+ years of Utah residency prior to applying.

Higher Education Success Stipend Program

The Higher Education Success Stipend Program is a grant available to undergraduate students with financial need who are studying at a Utah public or private non-profit college, university, or technical college.

Veterans Tuition Gap Program

The Veterans Tuition Gap Program helps veterans complete a bachelor’s degree. It pays up to tuition, plus fees and books, at Utah public and private non-profit colleges, universities, and technical colleges.

Talent Retention Incentive

The Talent Retention Incentive is a loan given to students who intend to work in Utah in a qualifying job. The loan amount may be up to the cost of resident tuition, fees, and books for the number of credit hours that student is enrolled in each semester.