Utah Fits All Scholarship Program
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Utah Fits All Scholarship?
- 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?
- A program manager will be selected through a Request for Proposals (RFP), a standard procurement practice, to run and manage the program. The RFP will be issued by mid-September and the final selection will take place by the end of 2023.
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?
- The enrollment process will be outlined in detail once the program manager has been selected.
How does funding work?
- 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
- December 2023: Program Manager selected
- March 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).
If you have any questions about the Utah Fits All Scholarship, please reach out to Ryan Bartlett at email@example.com.