Postsecondary State Authorization


Important Notice

If you intend to submit an initial postsecondary school application to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection between December 1st and December 31st, please wait until January 1, 2024, when new applications will be available pursuant to the 2023 legislative changes.

Postsecondary School and State Authorization Act

In March 2023, the Utah State Legislature passed S.B. 180  repealing and replacing the Utah Postsecondary School State Authorization Act with the Utah Postsecondary School and State Authorization Act, effective January 1, 2024. The new law requires postsecondary schools to submit a biennial registration statement with the Division. Other changes to the law included modification of the exemption, registration, and surety requirements, new outcome disclosures schools must provide and clarifications to the Division’s enforcement authority.

Until S.B. 180 takes effect on January 1, 2024, your institution will continue to file registration applications as required by the Utah Postsecondary School State Authorization Act to obtain state authorization. Please consult the Division’s website for additional information closer to the statute implementation date.

The Administrative Rules for SB 180 can be found here .

For further information, please review the Modernizing Postsecondary Schools Acts information sheet .

The Utah legislature passed HB 405 in response to 34 CFR 600.9. The law became effective on May 13, 2014. Determining how to register in Utah depends on the school's desire to obtain state authorization under 34 C.F.R. 600.9. If receiving state authorization is the school’s objective, the school can apply under 13-34a. If state authorization is not the school’s objective, the school may register or file an exemption under 13-34.

Please review sections 13-34a-203 and 13-34a-204 , to determine its applicability to your school.