Southern Utah University and Southwest Technical College Partnership

Frequently Asked Questions about the SUU/STECH partnership

SUU Students

How will it affect me as an SUU student?

There are a couple of possible ways:

  • Because the agreement allows for SUU students to enroll at Southwest Tech and receive SUU credit, you will now have access to a broad spectrum of courses and programs that are currently unavailable for university credit. Areas of study such as welding, culinary arts, automotive technology, and others that are not taught at SUU can now be taken for SUU credit. You might choose to take one or more of these courses as an elective for your major, or you might choose to pursue an Southwest Tech certificate alongside your SUU diploma.
  • Depending on your course of study, you might also find a significant number of classes in your major that are available at Southwest Tech. Because of Southwest Tech's flexible schedule and lower tuition rates, these courses might help you graduate more quickly and efficiently. Major courses are available in the following areas:
    - Accounting
    - Agriculture
    - Art and Design
    - Business
    - Culinary Arts (Hospitality)
    - Engineering Technology
    - Graphics and Media
    - Information Technology (CSIS)
    - Nursing

Does my regular SUU tuition cover Southwest Tech courses?

No. At the present time, all students enrolling at Southwest Tech are required to pay Southwest Tech tuition and fees. The good news is that the tuition rate is lower in the technical college system, so any courses that you pay for at Southwest Tech (and automatically receive credit for at SUU) still represent a significant bargain in terms of cost per credit hour.

What is the Southwest Tech tuition rate?

Southwest Tech currently charges $1.95 per clock hour of instruction. Student fees are not included in this cost. Most SUU/Southwest Tech articulated courses take between 30-90 clock hours to complete.

Can I use my financial aid to pay for Southwest Tech tuition?

Yes! A positive financial aid balance that you have can be applied toward tuition costs at Southwest Tech.

Can I combine my credit hours between SUU and Southwest Tech so that I have a full-time load?

Yes! For example, if you were to take 8 credits at SUU and 6 credits at Southwest Tech, your total credit load would be 14 credits. This means that you can combine credit hours between the two schools to maintain full-time status for financial aid, grant, and most scholarship purposes. NOTE: There are some SUU departmental scholarships that require that you enroll in specific courses and maintain a specific credit hour load. Please check with your department chair to make certain that your departmental scholarship allows you to combine Southwest Tech and SUU credits for the purposes of calculating your load.

If I decide to take a class at Southwest Tech, where is the campus located?

Southwest Technical College’s main campus is located at 757 W 800 S in Cedar City.

Southwest Tech Students

What is the dual enrollment program?

It is an agreement that allows students at Southwest Technical College to receive university credit for courses taken there. This is done by having the students be simultaneously (or dually) enrolled at both schools.

What is the cost?

There is no additional cost to participate in the dual enrollment program. You will only be required to pay your regular STECH tuition and fees.

How can I participate as a Southwest Tech student?

  1. Enroll in a certificate program at Southwest Technical College.
  2. After you have attended for two weeks, your information will be securely sent to Southern Utah University and they will create a transcript and student ID number for you.
  3. Each time you complete an articulated course at STECH, the equivalent will be added to your SUU transcript.
  4. If you have completed high school classes that articulate into an STECH certificate program, their equivalents will be added to your SUU transcript.
  5. If you decide to continue your education at SUU, you will be able to apply the credits you earned at STECH toward a related SUU degree.

What are the benefits for Southwest Tech students?

  1. You will receive university credits at technical college prices.
  2. You will have access to SUU’s online student portal, email, library, and academic advising.
  3. For a $50 additional fee, you can also have access to:
    a. SUUSA and SPB-sponsored events, including dances, concerts, holiday parties, etc.
    b. Participation in intramural sports
    c. Access to the climbing wall and other SUU Outdoor Recreation activities
    d. Free admission to SUU Music, Theatre Arts, and Dance department events
    e. Access to the University Journal student newspaper

High School Students

Does the dual enrollment program apply to high school students?

High school students will not be dually enrolled in both STECH and SUU. But if a high school student completes a certificate program that is covered by the articulation agreements, they can transfer those credits to SUU after their high school graduation. This video from STECH clearly explains the transfer process for high school students.

Can a high school student taking courses at STECH receive concurrent enrollment credit from SUU at the same time?

No. The dual enrollment agreement applies only to adult students. High school students are eligible to enroll in the program after they graduate, at which point they will receive full credit at SUU for any courses they took that are covered by the articulation agreements. This is handled as a standard transfer, and will be initiated by STECH and the student upon graduation. This video from STECH clearly explains the transfer process for high school students.