Enacted 2005 • Launched 2005 • Voucher
Most Utah students who have disabilities are eligible to receive vouchers to attend private school.
However, participation is limited by the amount of money appropriated to the $3.75 million program
Latest Stats (2012-13)
- Students participating: 714
- Schools participating: 40
- Average voucher value: $4,733
Vouchers are based on the state’s weighted pupil unit, an element of its school financing formula.
Students who receive more than three hours of special education services per day get vouchers worth
2.5 times the weighted pupil unit, whereas students receiving fewer than three hours per day get
vouchers worth 1.5 times the weighted pupil unit. In 2013-14, those values worked out to $6,648 and
$3,989, respectively. The voucher may not exceed the private school’s actual tuition and fees.
Public school students between ages five and 21 identified as disabled under federal disability rights
law are eligible to receive vouchers, as well as students with special needs in private schools that
served students with disabilities prior to participating in the program. Participation is limited by the
amount of money appropriated each year, with applications subject to random lottery.
No legal challenges have been filed against the program.
Rules & Regulations
• Income Limit: None
• Prior Year Public School Requirement: None
• Geographic Limit: Statewide
• Enrollment Cap: None
• Voucher Cap: Conditional
• Testing Mandates: Yes
Utah Code §§ 53A-1a-701-10
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