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In-State Application Fees Waived in Utah After a Unanimous Voting of the Board

In-State Application Fees Waived in Utah After a Unanimous Voting of the Board

Salt Lake City, Utah: The Utah System of Higher Education declared on Friday that it will no longer charge in-state application fees to schools when students apply to state colleges, following a unanimous vote.
The fee waiver will go into effect in January and will be available to applicants who are Utah residents at the time of application.
One-time bridge funding will offset the decision’s revenue loss while efforts to develop a substitute funding plan are ongoing.
The only public university in the state that did not charge an application fee was Southern Utah University.

These institutions’ applications will be free of cost after the implementation-

  • University of Utah
  • Utah State University
  • Utah Valley University
  • Utah Tech University
  • Southern Utah University
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Snow College
  • Weber State University

“Eliminating application fees for USHE colleges is a tremendous step forward in ensuring access and opportunity.” Cydni Tetro, a board member, said in a statement after the vote.

“We appreciate the leadership of the board to remove barriers for our students as they apply to pursue their education. We’ve seen the positive impact it has for increasing opportunities for students to pursue their dreams,” said Brad Mortensen, president of Weber State University.

A majority of Utah’s public universities charge application fees between $20 and $55, although specifics vary amongst institutions. When a student applies to several universities, these expenses may mount up. This move will ease the student burden.

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