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Senate Bill 253

Senate Bill 253

As of May 12, 2015, Utah Senate Bill 253 requires many University of Utah scholarship, tuition waiver, or any other form of financial aid recipients to undergo certification of lawful U.S. presence.

All scholarship applications administered by the University, whether private or public, must include the statement below, and departments are asked to collect a signed copy of the SB 253 Form (see below for links) from each recipient attesting to her/his lawful presence.  For questions or concerns, please email Karen Henriquez, Director of Financial Aid, at karen.henriquez@utah.edu. or call 581-8788; or Carol Bergstrom, Associate Director of Scholarships, at cbergstrom@sa.utah.edu or call 585-7723. 

"Many students who are selected to receive a University scholarship after May 12, 2015, are required by state law to certify under penalty of perjury that they are eligible to receive the scholarship as a U.S. citizen or a citizen of another country who is lawfully present within the United States. Students who have both graduated from a recognized Utah high school and who are awarded a scholarship funded by a private donor are not required to certify their lawful presence before receiving a privately funded scholarship.

Students who are required to certify their lawful presence in the United States must also be submitted to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for verification of their lawful presence within the United States. Once the University submits information to DHS for verification this federal agency may have the legal right to share information with other government agencies. If you do not know whether you are lawfully present within the United States you should seek the advice of an immigration attorney before accepting a University scholarship that requires certification and verification."

Privately Funded Scholarship Certification Form
State or Federally Funded Scholarship Certification Form

Financial Aid Checklist


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Last Updated: 11/15/16