Updated: Dec 17, 2020
Utah, The Beehive State, provides benefits to over 140,000 veterans.
Utah State Veteran Education Benefits
In-State Tuition for Qualifying Service Members
Active duty military members and veterans discharged within 12 months of being admitted to a state school may qualify for in-state tuition rates. Apply for the benefit at the college of your choice.
Utah State Veterans Tuition Gap Program
The Veterans Tuition Gap Program gives qualifying veterans tuition assistance when they are in their last year at a Utah higher education institution. Assistance funds do not cover books, housing, or other expenses incurred.
Scott Lundell Military Survivors Tuition Waiver
The Surviving dependents of service members killed in action after September 10, 2001, may qualify for this tuition waiver for undergraduate work at state colleges. The veteran and dependent must be Utah residents.
Utah Tuition Waiver for Purple Heart Recipients
Recipients of Purple Heart Medals receive free tuition for undergraduate and graduate studies at public colleges and universities in Utah. The benefit requires an application and supporting documentation.
Utah High School Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans
Utah law permits local school districts to offer high school diplomas to veterans who left school to serve in uniform before receiving a diploma. Veterans must have served during World War II, Korea, or Vietnam. Contact the Utah school district to apply.
Utah State Veterans Upward Bound Program
Veterans Upward Bound, a program funded by the Department of Education, is sponsored by Weber State University. The program offers help to veterans seeking post-secondary education in specific fields, including computer science and applications, math, and English. The program is presently available in these counties:
o Salt Lake
Utah offers veterans who meet the qualifications in two ways to claim hiring preference points for state employment positions. One option is through the traditional veterans' preference point system, which awards five points on state tests for veterans or 10 points for those with qualifying disabilities.
To claim preference points when applying for state jobs open to the public, the State of Utah's veterans must meet the following requirements:
● Active duty for more than 180 consecutive days (time cannot include basic or advanced individual training (AIT) or military courses)
● Retired or separated under honorable conditions
● Reservists who received or is eligible to receive a campaign medal and was separated service under honorable conditions.
● Any Disabled veterans
● Spouses or surviving spouses of qualifying veterans who have not remarried
● Purple Heart recipients
Veterans can also claim hiring preference under the Utah Veteran Employment Opportunity Program (VEOP), which allows qualifying applicants to be placed into designated career-service positions under a six-month on-the-job examination period instead of using a standard competitive hiring process.
Applicants must apply for preference through Utah's official Job Seeker website. Hiring managers who conduct state hiring procedures may decide to interview and, or hire veterans under this program separately from other non-veteran applicants.
Utah State Veteran Housing Benefits
Utah Veterans Assisted Care Homes and Nursing Homes
Utah operates four veterans' homes for Utah veterans:
● Salt Lake City, Utah
● Ogden, Utah
● Payson, Utah
● Ivins, Utah
According to Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs website, wartime service is not required for admission, but war veterans have top priority.
Spouses and surviving spouses can qualify for admission if the veteran's marriage is dated at least a year before applying for care. Services offered depend on the location but included:
● Short-term rehabilitation
● Long-Term Care
● Respite Care
● Speech and physical therapy
● Post-stroke rehabilitation
● Wound care
● Orthopedic care
● Memory Care
● Diabetes and Medication management
● IV services
● COPD care
Qualifying for care in these homes depends on a veteran’s eligibility for the VA healthcare system. Those admitted must need long-term care and have medical documentation or show other documentation of the need for care.
Utah's First-Time Home Buyer Grants for Qualifying Veterans
Current military service members and veterans who apply within five years of their discharge may qualify for a $2500 grant for first-time homebuyers. Applicants must provide a valid VA Certificate of Eligibility for a VA mortgage loan but are not required to use a VA loan. For veterans, the purchase of a property as a primary residence must occur no later than five years from either separation or military retirement. The grant money is delivered to the buyer at the closing.
Under this program, the homes eligible include single-family homes, condos, mobile or manufactured homes, and multiple family homes with up to four units.
Utah State Veteran Financial Benefits
Armed Forces Property Tax Breaks for Military Service Members
The state offers a property tax exemption for active or reserve members of the United States Armed Forces. The service member must perform active military duty for a minimum of 200 days per year to be eligible. The days of service may cross calendar years.
The exemption is equal to the total taxable property value and may be claimed up to a year after the service was completed. The property tax exemption does not apply to property exclusively owned by a service member’s spouse.
Utah State Property Tax Abatement for Qualifying Disabled Veterans
Veterans with at least 10% VA-rated disability may qualify for a tax abatement for permanent residence property. The tax break may apply to property owned by surviving spouses who have not remarried and surviving dependent children—the amount of tax abatement increases in proportion to the veteran’s disability rating. The maximum abatement for veterans rated at 100% military service-connected disabled is $244,064 at the time of this writing. Multiplying the disability percentage by the maximum amount possible will yield the amount of abatement for a veteran. Taxpayers subtract the figured amount from the taxable property value before property taxes are assessed.
Additional Utah Veteran Benefits
Reduced Transit Authority Fees for Qualifying Veterans
Veterans may qualify to pay up to 65% reduced fares on Utah Transit Authority (UTA) buses and TRAX light rail. Requirements include:
● A VA-rated 40% service-related disability higher
● Receiving a VA pension not connected to service
● People with disabilities that cause difficulty boarding or getting off a bus or light rail system
● Anyone, veteran or not, receiving Social Security Disability benefits, Social Security Insurance, or Medicare
● People who are 65 or older
Get more information about how to apply by visiting a UTA location or the UTA official website.
Free Utah Vehicle License and Registration for Purple Heart Recipients
Purple Heart recipients are exempt from paying Utah licensing and registration state fees on their privately-owned vehicle. The exemption does not extend to related property taxes or age-based fees.
State Discounted Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans
Veterans with a VA-rated 40% service-related disability may apply for discounted fishing licenses through the Utah Division of Wildlife. Proof of disability documentation must accompany the application.
Utah Burial Benefits for Veterans
The Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery and Memorial Park, a state-run veterans' cemetery, opened in 1990. No fees are charged to bury qualifying veterans, but the burial of dependent children and spouses may require a payment. To be eligible for burial, a veteran must have been discharged under any by dishonorable conditions.
Family members should consider investigating pre-need eligibility. The veteran or a family member can submit the veteran’s DD Form 214 discharge paperwork or the equivalent.
Reservists and National Guard Members who were either entitled to retired pay when they died or would have been had they lived to be 60 may also be eligible for burial at this cemetery.