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R277. Education, Administration.

Rule R277-921. Strengthening College and Career Readiness Program.

As in effect on October 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R277-921-1. Authority and Purpose.

(1) This rule is authorized by:

(a) Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3, which vests the general control and supervision of the public education system in the Board;

(b) Subsection 53E-3-401(4), which authorizes the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities; and

(c) Section 53F-5-204, which requires the Board to make rules regarding the program.

(2) The purpose of this rule is to establish:

(a) procedures and criteria for applying for and awarding a grant; and

(b) reporting requirements for a grantee.

R277-921-2. Definitions.

(1) "Certificate" means the certificate described in Subsection 53F-5-204(3)(a) that a school counselor may receive through participation in the program.

(2) "Grant" means payment of a course fee for a course required to earn the certificate.

(3) "Program" means the Strengthening College and Career Readiness Program created in Section 53F-5-204.

(4) "School counselor" means a person who:

(a) holds a Utah School Counselor License;

(b) has a master's degree or higher from an accredited institution;

(c) is an employee of an LEA who provides counseling and information to a student about an educational or career choice;

(d) has received an evaluation as effective or higher through the LEA's evaluation system; and

(e) is recommended to participate in the program by a supervisor.

R277-921-3. Grant Application.

(1) An LEA may apply for a grant on behalf of a school counselor by submitting an application:

(a) provided on USOE's website;

(b) to the Superintendent; and

(c) except as provided in Subsection (2), on or before June 30.

(2) If the annual appropriation for the program exceeds the grant requests, the Superintendent may extend the deadline specified in Subsection (1)(c) by posting a new deadline on USOE's website.

R277-921-4. Procedure and Criteria for Awarding Grant.

(1) If the grant applications exceed the annual appropriation for the program, the Superintendent shall give preference in awarding a grant to an applicant if:

(a) the school where the school counselor works has a state approved Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program;

(b) the school where the school counselor works meets the school counselor-to-student ratio of 1:350, according to Rule R277-462; and

(c) the school counselor is licensed as a school counselor according to Rule R277-506.

(2) A school counselor who fails to complete a course that is paid for by a grant shall repay the course fee to the Superintendent.

R277-921-5. Reporting Requirements for Grantee.

After completing the course work necessary to receive the certificate, the school counselor shall submit to the Superintendent:

(1) an action plan to implement the skills developed through earning the certificate to improve students' college and career readiness; and

(2) an application that is provided on USOE's website to add the certificate to the school counselor's license.


counseling, grant programs, college and career readiness

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

December 8, 2015

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

Art X, Sec 3; 53E-3-401(4); 53F-5-204

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R277, please contact the promulgating agency (Education, Administration). 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.