Utah Administrative Code

The Utah Administrative Code is the body of all effective administrative rules as compiled and organized by the Division of Administrative Rules (see Subsection 63G-3-102(5); see also Sections 63G-3-701 and 702).

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R152. Commerce, Consumer Protection.

Rule R152-34a. Utah Postsecondary School State Authorization Act Rule.

As in effect on October 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R152-34a-101. Authority and Purpose.

(1) These rules are promulgated under the authority of Section 13-2-5(1) and Section 13-34a-103.

(2) These rules are promulgated to:

(a) administer and enforce the Utah Postsecondary School State Authorization Act; and

(b) provide standards by which persons subject to the Utah Postsecondary School State Authorization Act shall operate.

R152-34a-102. Definition.

"Accredited" means public recognition by a national or regional accrediting agency, as defined in Section 13-34a-102(2).

R152-34a-201. Application Process.

(1) To obtain a certificate of postsecondary state authorization, an applicant shall:

(a) submit to the division a completed application form, as provided by the division;

(b) attach to the application:

(i)(A) a copy of the school's accreditation statement; and

(B) if the applicant does not meet the criteria stated in Section 13-34a-203, audited financial statements pursuant to this Subsection (2);

(ii) a list of all current course offerings;

(iii) a copy of the school's tuition schedule and total program cost(s); and

(iv) a copy of the school's refund policy;

(c) comply in all respects with Section 13-34a-203 or Section 13-34a-204 as applicable;

(d) sign and notarize a statement that the owner of the school or similar controlling individual:

(i) has read and understood Section 13-34a et seq and these rules; and

(ii) agrees to operate in full compliance with Section 13-34a et seq and these rules; and

(e) pay the nonrefundable application fee.

(2) A school that is required to submit audited financial statements pursuant to this Subsection (1)(b)(i)(B) shall submit:

(a) the audited financial statements that were completed or provided to an accrediting agency in conjunction with the school's most recent accreditation review; and

(b) audited financial statements for the most recent fiscal year.

(3)(a) A postsecondary school that submits an application for a certificate of authorization under this Subsection R152-34a-201 is not required to apply concurrently with the division for registration as a postsecondary proprietary school under Section 13-34 et seq.

(b) For the purpose of Section 13-34-107(1)(b)(ii), a certificate of state authorization issued under this Subsection R152-34a-3 establishes an exemption to the registration requirement that otherwise applies to a person operating as a postsecondary proprietary school.

R152-34a-206. Complaint Process.

To file a complaint under Section 13-34a et seq against a postsecondary school that holds a certificate from the division, a person shall submit to the division:

(1) a completed complaint form as provided by the division; or

(2) a letter, signed by the complainant, and including:

(a) all documentary evidence related to the complaint; and

(b) contact information for the complainant.

R152-34a-302. Grounds for Investigation and Enforcement - Requirements Upon Termination of Certificate of Authorization.

(1) A postsecondary school that holds a certificate of authorization shall:

(a) as to an entity granted a certificate under Section 13-34a-204, maintain financial capability pursuant to Section 13-34a-204(2)(a);

(b) disclose to each student, in writing, the school's tuition schedule, total program cost, and refund policy before requiring a student to make any payment to the school;

(c) if cited or investigated by the division, provide:

(i) copies of all advertised claims;

(ii) copies of any documents signed by or on behalf of the complainant and other interested person(s), as identified by the division;

(iii) all academic records of the complainant and other student(s), as identified by the division and permitted under any applicable confidentiality law or agreement; and

(iv) all other records requested by the division;

(d)(i) maintain each student's transcript(s) for a period of at least 60 years from the date of the student's last attendance:

(A) in either paper or electronic form; and

(B) at a physical location within the continental United States; and

(ii) provide a student's transcript(s):

(A) within 20 days of a request from the student or the division; and

(B)(I) without charge, if the request is from the division; or

(II) with or without a reasonable charge, if the request is from a student;

(e) if terminating operations, within the 30-day period following the date of termination:

(i) surrender to the division the school's current state certificate of authorization; and

(ii) identify:

(A) the name and contact information of the individual who will maintain custody of student records pursuant to this Subsection (1)(d); and

(B) the physical location where student transcripts will be maintained in compliance with this Subsection (1)(d); and

(f) notify the division within 10 business days of:

(i) any change in information on record with division; and

(ii) any action taken against the school by an accrediting body or a regulatory agency, including a state or the federal government.

(2) A postsecondary school that holds a certificate of state authorization may not:

(a) promulgate to the public a fraudulent or misleading statement relating to a program or service offered; or

(b) withhold information or documents requested by the division in an investigation.

(3) Pursuant to Section Subsection 13-34a-103(2)(iv), the violation of a rule in this Subsection R152-34a-302 may be sanctioned by denial, suspension, or revocation of a certificate of the postsecondary school state authorization.


postsecondary schools, certificate of state authorization, application requirements, consumer protection

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

November 24, 2014

Notice of Continuation

April 1, 2019

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

13-2-5(1); 13-34a-103

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R152, please contact the promulgating agency (Commerce, Consumer Protection). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.