Special Education Special Needs Scholarship Grants


The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) currently oversees two scholarship grant programs that provide funding to eligible students wishing to attend private schools to meet their unique learning needs. USBE provides direct management of the Carson Smith Scholarship (CSS) program, while the Special Needs Opportunity Scholarship program is directly managed by a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) through a contract with USBE. Oversight for the Special Needs Opportunity Scholarship program is provided by USBE and the SGO organization(s) that report directly to USBE.

The CSS funding amounts are calculated based on the level of time a student needs, their Individualized Education Program (IEP) or assessment. The Special Needs Opportunity Scholarship funding amounts are calculated based on family income.

This webpage contains information about each scholarship granting program, including detailed overviews of each, as well as other helpful processes and deadlines.

Carson Smith Scholarship (CSS)

Scholarship Management System

Carson Smith Scholarship Application System

Access the Carson Smith Scholarship web-based management system. As you navigate through the application process, instructions for how to complete the desired tasks will be available throughout the website.

For any questions or comments, please e-mail css@schools.utah.gov


Tony Zambrana
Carson Smith Scholarship and State Fiscal Accountability
Special Needs Scholarship Grants
Phone: (801) 538-7589 | E-mail

Esther Navarrette
Carson Smith Scholarship Program Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7612 | E-mail