The IDA program provides the knowledge to help you save and the opportunity to invest wisely in your future. Apply for the program by enrolling in our 8-hour financial management course where we cover basic financial topics and how to apply them in your life. Once you complete the course, we will contact you to begin the application process.
You can save up to $1,500 in your IDA account and your savings will be matched with an additional $4,500, giving you a total of $6,000! Savings can be used toward a first home, small business, higher education, or assistive technology devices for work related activities. You will save anywhere from $15 to $62.50 each month for 12-36 months.
To qualify for the IDA program you must:
Be a Utah Resident
Be at least 18 years old
Own less than $10,000 in net assets(excluding one house and one car)
Have a yearly income that does not exceed...
$24,120 for a 1-person household
$32,480 for a 2-person household
$40,840 for a 3-person household
$49,200 for a 4-person household
$57,560 for a 5-person household
$65,920 for a 6-person household
$74,280 for a 7-person household
$82,640 for a 8-person household
(increasing by $8,360 per person for larger households)
IDA program participants must:
Complete 8 hours of financial training courses
Maintain regular contact with financial counselor
Participate in asset-specific training
Make monthly deposits of at least $15 and not more than $62.50
Save in the program for a minimum of 12 months (but not more than 36)
Funds must be used towards a down payment on your first home, tuition at an accredited school (or books at a school’s bookstore), small business startup/capitalization, or assistive technologies for work related activities.
A saver can do more than one cash out for more than one asset
IDA funds cannot be used to pay down existing debt (student loans, mortgage, business loans, or other existing debt)
"For most of my life, I’ve never financially been in a position to do so. When I finally found myself with enough income to put some away, I did some serious research into what my options were. That’s around the time I discovered the UDIAN program. At times I even forgot that I was putting the money away. After working with the Women’s Business Center, and pouring over a business plan for months, my dream was born: I am the owner of my very own hand-made knife company Strange Little Knives L.L.C. I would have never considered starting a business if it weren’t for the hope that the IDA program gave me. My life is changed. Thank you." - Abdullah 2018
"I graduated from the University of Utah last week and this is a scary time to be jumping into the adult world. Home ownership (a key to building wealth) is becoming increasingly unattainable and that’s why I turned to IDA shortly before graduation. Going through your financial classes prepared me to be responsible with my money and came at the perfect time for me, right before my financial situation changed drastically as a graduate. I planned and set some goals in the class that I’ve stuck to since that are helping to be ready to buy a home (and start building wealth) in two years. Thank you for your program." -Alexis 2017
"It has been 2 years in the making but has been very worth it with the help of our Individual Development Account through AAA Fair Credit Foundation. We now have 2 kids that will love using the extra space :) We would recommend this program. This program has not only taught us the benefits of saving but also the benefits of budgeting and educating ourselves financially. To make big purchases like this you must be able to manage your funds responsibly. Thanks so much to AAA Fair Credit Foundation for providing this service and for empowering families!" - Bryce 2017