USHE Board of Regents implements first need-based scholarship for high school students, adult learners

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ST. GEORGE — The Utah System of Higher Education Board of Regents recently announced that they have adopted a policy implementing the Utah Promise Scholarship – the first need-based scholarship of its kind in the state.

According to the news release from USHE, the Utah Promise Scholarship covers tuition and fees for the first two years of college for qualifying students when federal grants fall short.

As part of the board’s May 17 meeting at Snow College, members also adopted changes to the Regents’, New Century and T.H. Bell scholarships.

“We are pleased to now offer a range of scholarship opportunities that will ensure Utahns have greater access to higher education,” Harris Simmons, chair of the board of regents, said in the release. “These programs support the board’s mission of helping more Utahns access and complete a postsecondary education.”

The state of Utah now offers four major scholarships:

Utah Promise Scholarship

The Utah Promise Scholarship is the first 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.

It is available for up to two years, four semesters or an associate degree, whichever comes first. Award amounts vary based on individual circumstances. The Utah Promise Scholarship is patterned after Dream Weber and SLCC Promise in accordance with HB 260 Access Utah Promise Scholarship.

Regents’ Scholarship and New Century Scholarship

The state’s academic scholarships – the Regents’ and New Century scholarship programs – are awarded based on academic achievement during high school. Changes to the scholarships include:

  • These merit scholarships may only be used to cover up to tuition and fees, after other financial aid is considered. As such, award amounts vary based on individual circumstances.
  • These scholarships are no longer available for use at private colleges and universities.
  • The Regents’ Scholarship can now be used at Utah’s public technical colleges, in addition to all public colleges and universities in Utah.

T. H. Bell Education Scholarship

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.

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 Utah legislative session, the program is now a scholarship.

The board also approved a Career and Technical Education Scholarship for noncredit programs at UTECH institutions and select USHE institutions, including Salt Lake Community College, Snow College and Utah State University Eastern and USU-Moab. This scholarship is available to students who enroll in high-demand, noncredit certificate programs.

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