Chief Sponsor: Derrin R. Owens

Senate Sponsor: Evan J. Vickers


8     General Description:
9          This bill amends provisions related to the Utah Promise Scholarship.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     amends the amount an institution of higher education is required to award for a
13     Utah Promise Scholarship; and
14          ▸     amends the funding sources for the scholarship.
15     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
16          None
17     Other Special Clauses:
18          None
19     Utah Code Sections Affected:
20     AMENDS:
21          53B-8-303, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2019, Chapter 444

23     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24          Section 1. Section 53B-8-303 is amended to read:
25          53B-8-303. Access Utah promise scholarships.
26          (1) An individual may apply for a promise scholarship in accordance with the rules
27     described in Subsection (8).

28          (2) An individual is eligible to receive a promise scholarship if the individual:
29          (a) (i) has a high school diploma or the equivalent; and
30          (ii) does not have an associate or higher postsecondary degree;
31          (b) demonstrates financial need, in accordance with the rules described in Subsection
32     (8);
33          (c) is a Utah resident;
34          (d) enrolls in an institution; and
35          (e) accepts all other grants, tuition or fee waivers, and scholarships offered to the
36     individual to attend the institution in which the individual enrolls.
37          (3) Subject to legislative appropriations, and in accordance with the rules described in
38     Subsection (8), the board shall annually distribute money for promise scholarships to each
39     institution.
40          (4) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(d), an institution shall award a promise
41     scholarship to an eligible individual.
42          (b) For a promise scholarship recipient, an institution shall:
43          (i) evaluate the recipient's knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired through
44     formal or informal education outside the traditional postsecondary academic environment; and
45          (ii) award credit, as applicable, for the recipient's prior learning described in Subsection
46     (4)(b)(i).
47          (c) An institution shall award a promise scholarship in an amount that is equal to the
48     difference between:
49          (i) the total cost of tuition and fees for the program in which the recipient is enrolled;
50     and
51          (ii) the total value of all other grants[, tuition waivers, fee waivers,] and scholarships
52     received by the recipient to attend the institution.
53          (d) If an institution's distribution described in Subsection (3) is insufficient to award a
54     promise scholarship to each eligible individual in the amount described in Subsection (4)(c),
55     the institution:
56          (i) shall, when possible, use other funding sources, fee waivers, and tuition waivers in
57     accordance with Sections 53B-8-101 and 53B-8-103, to fully fund the amount described in
58     Subsection (4)(c) for each eligible individual; and

59          (ii) may prioritize promise scholarships based on financial need in accordance with the
60     rules described in Subsection (8).
61          (e) An institution may use up to 3% of the institution's distribution described in
62     Subsection (3) for administration.
63          (5) An institution shall continue to award a promise scholarship to a recipient who
64     meets the requirements established by the board in the rules described in Subsection (8) until
65     the earliest of the following:
66          (a) two years after the recipient initially receives a promise scholarship;
67          (b) the recipient uses a promise scholarship to attend an institution for four semesters;
68          (c) the recipient completes the requirements for an associate degree; or
69          (d) if the recipient attends an institution that does not offer associate degrees, the
70     recipient has 60 earned credit hours.
71          (6) A recipient may only use a promise scholarship for tuition and fees.
72          (7) A promise scholarship is transferable between institutions.
73          (8) (a) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act,
74     and Subsection (8)(b), the board shall make rules to establish:
75          (i) requirements related to whether an individual is eligible for a promise scholarship,
76     including:
77          (A) a process for an eligible individual to defer a promise scholarship;
78          (B) how an individual demonstrates financial need for purposes of receiving a promise
79     scholarship; and
80          (C) how to determine whether an individual is a Utah resident;
81          (ii) a process and requirements for an individual to apply for a promise scholarship;
82          (iii) a formula to determine the distributions to each institution described in Subsection
83     (3) that takes into account:
84          (A) the cost of tuition and fees for programs offered by institutions; and
85          (B) the number of eligible individuals who attend each institution;
86          (iv) how an institution may prioritize awarding scholarships based on the financial
87     needs of eligible individuals;
88          (v) conditions a recipient is required to meet to continue to receive a promise
89     scholarship, including requirements related to academic achievement and enrollment status;

90     and
91          (vi) a requirement that in communicating about promise scholarships to recipients and
92     potential recipients, the board and institutions do not portray the Access Utah Promise
93     Scholarship Program as a program that is guaranteed to be in effect indefinitely.
94          (b) In making the rules described in Subsection (8)(a), the board shall consult with the
95     Utah System of Technical Colleges Board of Trustees.
96          (9) On or before November 1 each year, the board shall report to the Higher Education
97     Appropriations Subcommittee regarding promise scholarships, including:
98          (a) the number of scholarships awarded; and
99          (b) whether the promise scholarship program is effective in helping underserved
100     students access higher education.