New program aims to keep tech grads in Utah with tuition relief

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  • Abeille West Haven, UT
    Jan. 29, 2019 2:37 p.m.

    Wow!! For those of you who commented, think back to what the purpose is to forgiving the debt. It has to do with keeping them here in Utah! Why is it important? Because these people will help our economy grow - and grow vastly more than the puny tuition forgiveness they'll get after three years. Do you want a piece of the action? Well, go enroll at your local University. Complete the program, as I did, and stick around for 3 years. As a Computer Science Graduate with a degree in Accounting, it has been very beneficial for me and my family. It was also beneficial to my brother, my cousin, and my sister - all of which moved to the west coast for their employment. What a loss for Utah's tax base! Now that we're all experienced in our careers, all of us make more than six figures. All that potential tax revenue for the State of Utah, gone! However, it's really helping the economies of Washington and Oregon - the places they're living now.

  • UTMom639 Orem, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 1:00 p.m.

    My husband is a UVU student, and tried contacting his financial aid office about this yesterday. They said they'd never heard of it. Why isn't this being advertised to all the state schools?

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 14, 2019 3:47 p.m.

    What about the kids that were responsible enough to pay their way through college, or were on scholarship? Why don't they get the same treatment as the ones who got loans?

    What this bill tells our kids is that if they are not very responsible during their college years that the government will pick up the slack if they stick around the state for a few years.

  • BYUTaiwan Murray, UT
    Jan. 14, 2019 2:44 p.m.

    This is not the purpose of government. Forgiving student debt with taxes? This is craziness. It's not the job of government to be giving out money to help people stay here. If companies want more people, pay them more. Utah just continues to tax the citizen to pay for ridiculousness.

  • Bunca Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 14, 2019 1:43 p.m.

    How about the tech companies actually pay a higher wage - then they will stay here. Those companies can more than afford to pay people what it will take to get them to stay. The government forgiving debt on a high paying degree makes little sense.

  • Makimb2 Slc, UT
    Jan. 14, 2019 9:01 a.m.

    @jntrcs I have no idea why anyone in tech would want to leave Salt Lake. If you factor all things net you come out ahead here in Utah if you go to silicon valley where they pay probably 20-30% higher that still doesn't come close to covering how much more expensive it is to live there. California is great for visiting not sure how you live there

  • tahnl Francis, UT
    Jan. 13, 2019 11:51 p.m.

    Republicans - The Tax and Spend Party

    Jan. 13, 2019 6:25 p.m.

    As someone who has worked in computer tech for decades, none of the five "qualified" jobs require a four-year degree. These could all be entry-level two-year degree jobs except for the manager position which would require some experience. I hope the program will take that into account.

  • jntrcs Lehi, UT
    Jan. 13, 2019 5:44 p.m.

    As a new grad in tech, I find this absolutely ridiculous. We're going to divert Utahns tax money to people who literally need it the least?? These people are graduating with degrees in the hottest field in the country, but for some reason they need subsidized. I absolutely understand why graduates take their degree and leave the state, but companies should pay employees more if they want them to stay in Utah! This action is just bailing out tech companies and making it easier for them to get talent at the expense of every other Utahn. What a ridiculous transfer of wealth.