Utah Scholarships and Financial Aid
Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships
The Beehive State is well-known for being the home of Salt Lake City, where most of the state population is situated, and the home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is also home to 10 public institutions of higher education, four private institutions, and nine other types of accredited schools. Whether you’re going to a public school, like the University of Utah, or a private school, like Brigham Young University, you may be eligible for financial aid from several sources.
What Kinds of Utah Scholarships and Financial Aid Are There?
There are mainly four kinds of scholarships and financial aid:
- Federal financial aid – grants and low-interest loans
- Utah state financial aid – grants, scholarships, loan-forgiveness programs
- Utah university and college scholarships
- Scholarships from Utah businesses, foundations, and professional organizations
Federal Financial Aid for Utah Students
Utah students may qualify for federal financial aid. To see if you qualify, file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA applications are available January 1, the year before the year you need the aid. The national deadline is usually June 30 the year you need the aid. Check with your financial aid office to see when your school’s FAFSA deadline is. You should apply as soon as possible since federal financial aid is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
After you submit your FAFSA, if you do qualify for federal aid, your financial aid office will distribute the funds. You will usually be offered grants and/or loans, and you may accept as much or as little as you want.
Available Utah State Financial Aid
The state of Utah offers scholarships and financial aid programs to support its students. Here is a list of available programs:
State Scholar Program
This program supports students who are taking a specific high school course of study. Students receive automatic admission into one of Utah’s public universities and a scholarship. For more information, click here.
The New Century Scholarship Program
This Utah financial aid program was created to support students who are pursuing associate degrees while still in high school. For more information, click here.
T.H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loan Program
This Utah financial aid program provides loans to students enrolled in teacher certification programs in Utah. One year of loan may be forgiven for one year of service at a Utah K-12 school. For more information, click here.
Utah Centennial Opportunity Program for Education (UCOPE) Grant
Utah residents enrolled in or planning to enroll in post-secondary institutions in Utah may be eligible for this program. Submit a FAFSA to qualify. This program is not offered at all schools in Utah. Click here for more information.
This scholarship rewards students who have completed a specific high school curriculum and have saved money for college. Students planning to attend any public university or college in Utah, or Brigham Young University, LDS Business College, or Westminster College may qualify for this scholarship. For more information, click here or call 877-336-7378.
This Utah scholarship program supports students who graduate early. To qualify, students must have a Student Education Occupation Plan completed and must have informed their high school of their plan to graduate early. For more information, click here.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
This is a federally-funded, Utah-administered merit-based scholarship. High school seniors who are planning to attend accredited post-secondary institutions and have high academic achievement may qualify. Check the website for more information.
Utah University and College Scholarships
Utah universities and colleges offer scholarships to students enrolled in their programs. Scholarships are usually awarded based on merit, need, major, special ability, or a combination of these criteria. Most universities or colleges offer merit-based scholarships through the admissions process, so all you have to do is submit your application for admission into the school and any necessary test scores, and you should be automatically considered. Other scholarships, such as those based on major or special ability, may require separate applications from departments. Check with your financial aid or scholarship office to see what application procedures are required.
Scholarships from Utah Businesses, Foundations, and Professional Organizations
Another kind of scholarship comes from the community. Utah businesses, foundations, and professional organizations offer many scholarships to students. Here are just a few of them:
Utah Dietetic Association
Award: Three $1,000 scholarships every year.
Qualifications: Applicants must be a junior who are enrolled in a Coordinated Program or a senior who is enrolled in a Didactic Program.
Deadline: February 15
Application: Click here.
Utah Cattle Women Association
Award: Two $500 scholarships.
Qualifications: Student must be a freshman, sophomore, or junior in college. Student or parents must be members of the Cattlemen’s Association or the Cattle Women’s Association.
Deadline: Usually in March.
Application: Click here for current application.
Southern Utah Home Builders Association
Award: Up to $1,000 for every academic year.
Qualifications: Applicants must be attending a post-secondary institution. Preference will be given to students who are members of the association and are studying in fields related to construction.
Deadline: Usually in April.
Application: Click here to download a current application.
Energy Solutions Foundation
Award: $2,000 scholarships
Qualifications: High school sophomores who have a minimum 3.5 GPA and are planning to study engineering, math, or science in a post-secondary institution.
Deadline: Usually in January.
Application: Click here for current application.
CHS Foundation Scholarships
Award: $1,000 scholarships
Qualifications: Only students majoring in programs related to agriculture and agribusinesses at Utah State University are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students who are studying or are interested in cooperatives.
Application: Check with your financial aid office or with the Agriculture Department at your school.
Three Things to Remember About Utah Scholarships and Financial Aid
- Many states have FAFSA deadlines, but since Utah doesn’t, check with your school to see when you need to submit your FAFSA application.
- Some Utah financial aid programs, such as the Utah State Scholar Program or the Regent’s Scholarship Program, require students to participate in a specific high school curriculum. Make sure you are aware of when you need to complete the required classes by.
- If you are looking for scholarships from sources other than your school, Utah state government, or the U.S. government, you should look locally first. Businesses, organizations, and foundations in your area may offer scholarships. Local scholarships may be easier to win than national scholarships.
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