Frequently Asked Questions about the SUU/STECH Partnership

SUU Students

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 on SUU's campus. You might choose to take one or more of these courses as an elective for your major, or you might choose to pursue a 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:
    • Agriculture
    • Culinary Arts (Hospitality)
    • Engineering Technology
    • Information Technology ad Computer Science
    • Nursing

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.

Southwest Tech currently charges $90 per credit. Student fees are not included in this cost. Most STECH courses are 1-3 credits.

If SUU is the paying school, any remaining money, issued as an SUU financial aid refund check, can be used by the student to pay tuition costs at Southwest Tech.

Yes! For example, if you were to take 8 credits at SUU and the equivalent of 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 federal financial aid (grants, loans, work-study) to pay at its full potential, please contact the SUU Financial Aid office to complete a consortium agreement form.


  • SUU Institutional scholarships require 12 SUU credits to allow for payment (credits taken at Southwest Tech will not be included).
  • SUU departmental scholarships may require that you enroll in specific courses and maintain a specific credit hour load. Please check with the SUU Financial Aid office to make certain that your departmental scholarship allows you to combine Southwest Tech and SUU credits for the purposes of calculating your load.
  • If you feel that your situation has extenuating circumstances, please meet with your SUU financial aid counselor to review your individual situation.

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

Southwest Tech Students

It is an agreement that allows students at Southwest Technical College to receive university credit for courses taken at the college. This is done by having the students simultaneously (or dually) enrolled at both schools. It also allows STECH students to participate in SUU's student life activities by paying a student activity fee.

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. To participate in student life activities, STECH students pay a $50 fee at the technical college. 

  1. Enroll in a certificate program at Southwest Technical College.
  2. After you have completed your first course, 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.
  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:
    1. SUUSA and SPB-sponsored events, including dances, concerts, holiday parties, etc.
    2. Participation in intramural sports
    3. Access to the climbing wall and other SUU Outdoor Recreation activities
    4. Free admission to SUU Music, Theatre Arts, and Dance department events
    5. Access to the University Journal student newspaper

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.

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.