Beginning in the 2024-25 school year, the Utah Fits All Scholarship Program will provide
up to $8,000 to about 5,000 Utah K-12 students through an education savings account
(ESA). Scholarship accounts may be used for education expenses and services, including
private school tuition and fees, tutoring services, testing fees, materials and curriculum
costs, contracted services, and more. The entire program is outlined in Utah Code 53F-6-4.
How and why did the program come into being?
The Utah Fits All Scholarship Program came to be through HB215 during the 2023 General Legislative Session. The bill was sponsored by Representative
Candice Pierucci and Senator Kirk Cullimore, and was signed into law by Governor Spencer
Cox on January 28th, 2023 after passing the House and Senate by votes of 54-20 and
20-8 respectively. The Utah legislature has provided $42.5 million in annual appropriations
for the program.
How will the program be managed?
ACE Scholarships was selected through a Request for Proposals (RFP), a standard procurement
practice, to run and manage the program. Learn more at https://ufascholarship.com.
Who is eligible?
To access the Utah Fits All Scholarship Program, students must be residents of the
State of Utah, and they must be eligible to participate in public school in kindergarten
through grade 12. While the applications will be prioritized and awarded based on
income and previous participation, the program is universal for those who meet eligibility
requirements, and all are welcome to apply. Students may receive a partial scholarship
while also enrolled part-time in a school district or charter school. Home-based ESA
students are also eligible. Students may not receive funds from the program while
also receiving funding from either the Carson Smith Scholarship Program or the Special
Needs Opportunity Scholarship Program.
How do parents/guardians sign up for the Utah Fits All Scholarship?
Eligible students can receive up to $8,000. The funds are deposited into a scholarship
account, or ESA, that is set up specifically for the student. The funds are accessed
and managed through an online portal.
When will the program go into operation? What does the timeline look like?
January 28th, 2023: HB215 signed into law
September 2023: RFP released
November 2023: ACE Scholarships selected as Program Manager
February 28th, 2024: Online Application Portal opens
2024-2025 School Year: 1st Year of Program Implementation
What if enrollment in the program exceeds the amount of funding available?
If enrollment exceeds available program funding, accounts shall be awarded in the
following order: students who used an account in the previous school year; students
with a family income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level (~$60,000 for a
family of four in 2023–24), students with a sibling who uses an ESA at the time of
application or in the immediately preceding school year, to students with a family
income between 200% and 555% of the federal poverty level (~$166,500 for a family
of four in 2023–24).