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How to Apply for Aid

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Let us help you through the financial aid process. When you break it down into manageable steps and know what to expect, everything falls together so you can get the funding you need.

Important Dates

Now – Complete your 2017-2018 FAFSA
Aug 11 by end of day – Fall aid released to pay fees
Aug 17 – Students start receiving aid refunds
Sept 1 – Credits locked for financial aid purposes
View all dates and deadlines


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1. Plan Ahead

Start early to estimate how much it will take to fund your education. You can file the FAFSA at any time, but you need to be admitted to Boise State before we can process your application. Apply for admission here.

Are you a graduate student? Learn how aid differs for you ➝



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2. Apply for Aid

Learn about the types of aid available to you and how to apply for them. Priority dates and deadlines are important to watch so you know when to apply and what to expect.



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3. Complete Your Holds and To Do’s

After you apply for aid, you can avoid delays by managing your aid through your My.BoiseState account. Watch your BroncoMail weekly for updates on To Do or Hold items. Common holds include:



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4. Accept Your Aid

Once your application has been processed and cleared of Holds and To Do’s, you will receive an aid award(s) notification via BroncoMail. Accept or decline the aid that is best for you.



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5. Receive and Maintain Your Aid

Disbursement is the payment of your financial aid to you. It’s when the aid you accept — like scholarships, loans, and grants — is released to your student account. The earliest date funds are disbursed is 10 days prior to the start of the semester.

Changes in your academic and personal life may impact your aid. Stay informed and understand what could Impact Your Aid.