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Postsecondary Proprietary Schools

Under the Utah Postsecondary Proprietary School Act, Utah Code §13-34 any private institution, including business, modeling, paramedical, tax preparation, trade and technical schools, which offer post-secondary education in consideration of the payment of tuition or fees for the attainment of educational, professional or vocational objectives is required to register before advertising, recruiting or operating in this state.
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A:  Yes. File the Request for Exemption application. Schools that are exempted under the Act are those that:

  1. Are government funded;
  2. Offer instruction exclusively at or below the 12th grade level;
  3. Offer only professional review courses;
  4. Are owned and operated by a bona fide church or religious denomination;
  5. Are accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (To be in compliance with 34CFR 600.9 an accredited institution must apply for a State Authorization);
  6. Are organized by a business organization for its employees;
  7. Offer workshops or seminars that last no longer than three days and offer no academic reward;
  8. Offer a program in barbering, cosmetology, real estate, or insurance that is regulated and approved by another government agency;
  9. Offers emergency medical services training if all of the institution's instructors, course coordinators and courses are approved by the Department of Health;
  10. Is approved under Part 141, Federal Aviation Regulations, 14 C.F.R. Chapter 141; or provides aviation training under Part 61, Federal Aviation Regulations, 14 C.F.R. Chapter 61 and exclusively offer aviation training that a student fully receives within 24 hours after the student pays any tuition, fee, or other charge for the aviation training.
  11. Is approved by the State office of Vocational Education and are subject to the Nurse Aide Registry.
  12. Exclusively offers general education courses or instruction solely remedial, avocational, nonvoational or recreational in nature and does not advertise occupational objectives or grant educational credentials; or
  13. Exclusively prepares individuals to teach courses or instruction described in item L above.

A: According to the Utah Postsecondary Proprietary School Act, §13-34-105(1)(e) a school or institution which is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education is exempt from registration with the Division, if it establishes an exemption with the Division. Click here for the Request for Exemption form. This filing is a one-time filing with no application fee.
If the school is accredited and seeking a Certificate of State Authorization for Title IV funding, the school should not file an exemption and should file under 13-34a. Click here for the Postsecondary State Authorization site.


  • The Postsecondary Proprietary School's registration is effective for a period of two years after the date of issuance of a Certificate of Registration by the Division. On the one year anniversary of the Certificate of Registration, the school will be required to file an application for registration review, at which time the Division will review the school's surety and status of programs.
  • An Exempt registration is a one time registration that is effective as long as the organization is operating in an exempt capacity.

A: If any information contained in the registration application becomes incorrect or A: If any information contained in the application becomes incorrect or incomplete, then the proprietary school is required to correct the application or file the complete information as required by the division within thirty (30) days after the information becomes incorrect or incomplete.


For Proprietary Schools:

Initial registration fee: $500
Renewal registration fee: Is one percent (1%) of the gross tuition income of the registered program(s) during the previous year, but not less than $500 or more than $2,500.

For Exempt Organizations:  NONE

All registration fees collected by the division will be used in the administration of the Act and Rules. The institution shall provide documentation to substantiate the amount of the fee, in a form specified by the division. The annual registration fee is due on the anniversary date of the institution's certificate of registration.


  1. Total tuition and fee income received by the Applicant during the 12 month period of preceding the date of this application (not including books and supplies purchased by students)
  1. Total amount refunded to students during the same period
  1. Gross tuition and fee income less refunds [Line A minus Line B]
  1. Multiply line C by .01
  1. Amount of registration fee (rounded to the nearest $100, with a minimum fee of $500 and a maximum fee of $2,500.)

A:  Yes. A form of Surety may be required of a proprietary school in the form of a satisfactory bond, certificate of deposit, or irrevocable letter of credit. The form of surety must be provided by the institution before a certificate of registration will be issued by the division unless the institution is exempt from this surety requirement.

To be exempt from the Surety requirement the total cost per program is $500 or less. Or, the length of each program is less than one month.

A:  For Initial Applications, determine the amount of surety according to the projected number of students that are expected to enroll during the first year of operation.

Number of Students Amount of Surety
More than 100 $187,500
 50 to 99 $125,000
1 to 49 $62,500

Institutions that submit evidence acceptable to the Division that the school's gross tuition income from any source during the first year will be less than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) may provide a surety of twelve thousand, five hundred dollars ($12,500) for the first year of operation.

For Renewal Applications, determine the amount of surety according to the worksheet below:

  1. Total tuition and fee income
  1. Amount refunded to students
  1. Gross tuition less refunds (line a minus line b)
  1. Multiply line “c” by .25
  1. Surety Amount (rounded to the nearest $1,000)

The minimum amount of surety to be submitted annually after the first year of operation will be based on 25% of the annual gross income from the registered programs for the previous year rounded to the nearest $1,000 with a minimum amount of $12,500 and the maximum of $300,000.

A:  Yes.  In determining the amounts that you are required to pay for registration fee and for the bond, your calculations must include the total amount of tuition received from all students who are enrolled in your Utah operations. This includes the tuition of those students who receive their education online, whether in-state or out-of-state, unless you can demonstrate that the students are enrolled in one of your other schools that you are operating in another state.

A:  No. Acceptance of a Postsecondary Proprietary School's registration statement and the issuing of certificate of registration to operate a school signifies that the legal requirements prescribed by statute and rules have been satisfied. It does not mean that the Division endorses, supervises, recommends or accredits the institution. The Division is not an accrediting agency. It cannot recommend or comment on the quality or potential benefits on instruction received from any proprietary school that is registered under the Utah Postsecondary Proprietary School Act.


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Forms and Applications
Exempt Institutions
Postsecondary Schools
Surety Forms
Submit one of the following types of surety. Original documents required.
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