With a 2.9% increase for university in-state tuition and a 3.4% increase over the last ten years, it causes us to draw our attention to an ever increasing college tuition rate.  As tuition rates increase, it becomes more important for our graduating students to apply and receive financial assistance in the form of scholarships.  Some scholarship deadlines have passed but many scholarship applications are still being accepted.  Many colleges throughout the state have an index score which is a combination of the student’s ACT and GPA which intern qualifies a large percentage of our students for partial or full tuition scholarship opportunities.  Index scholarships range from one to four years.  Also, each year students have the opportunity to participate in the Sterling Scholar Competitions.  If students are selected to represent their school as a sterling scholar, they qualify for several scholarship across the state even if they do not win the completion.  For information relating to Sterling Scholarships, please access

If your student is not interested in attending college, they may prefer to apply to an Applied Technical College (ATC).  In Cedar City the Southwest Applied Technical College (SWATC) has scholarship going unclaimed simply because students are not applying for the financial assistance.  For information relating to ATC scholarships you can access the following link  If you would like access the list of classes available at the ATC please access  Even with the increase tuition costs, if students want to attend an ATC or university, financial assistance is available if students will simply submit the scholarships and applications.  Also, a special to thanks to all of our local business and organization who support the students in Garfield County School District with additional scholarships.  Please take time to visit with your high school counselor to obtain additional scholarship information.


Ben Dalton


Garfield County School District

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