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Whether you’re taking Boise State classes on the main campus, at a regional site, or totally online, you can still apply for and receive financial aid.


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Avoid emailing your Social Security number. If you need to submit documents for financial aid that include your Social Security number, please send them by fax to the Financial Aid Office at (208) 426-1305.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it too late to apply for financial aid?

If you are applying for aid for fall 2017 and spring 2018, there’s still time to submit the FAFSA. February 15 was the priority date but you can still be considered for loans (graduate, undergraduate students) and grants (undergraduate students). We accept FAFSA applications throughout the semester. Submit your 17-18 FAFSA online as soon as possible and monitor your Student Center for updated information.

For summer 2017, submit your 2016-17 FAFSA immediately and contact our office to discuss your aid eligibility and next steps. Awarding depends upon your class schedule and how quickly you request aid.

Am I eligible for any grants or scholarships?

The first step to determining your eligibility is to submit your FAFSA. With your FAFSA submitted, Boise State will automatically award you the maximum aid possible. The Federal Pell Grant is available to undergraduate students only. The Federal Pell Grant is for students with high financial need as determined by the FAFSA. There are annual and lifetime limits for student receiving the Pell Grant.

We recommend submitting the Boise State Scholarship application each year to be considered for Boise State scholarships. The application opens each fall and closes February 15 each year. You should also search for private scholarships through online searches and scholarship websites. Deadlines vary based on the scholarship provider.

When will I be awarded my financial aid?

Once you are admitted to Boise State and have submitted your FAFSA online, please allow 2-3 business days for your FAFSA to be received by our office. We will send an email to your BroncoMail letting you know your FAFSA has been received and if additional information is needed.

If no additional information is needed, allow 1-2 weeks for your financial aid to be awarded after receiving your FAFSA. You will be notified via BroncoMail when your aid is awarded and ready to accept. If you are asked to provide additional documents (indicated on your To Do List), the time frame for awarding your aid depends upon how quickly you submit requested items. 

What happens to my financial aid if I am part-time?

Financial aid is awarded assuming you will be a full-time student (12+ undergraduate or 9+ graduate credits). Notify our office if you will be part-time to request an early adjustment to your aid. Here is more information about minimum credit requirements for aid and how enrollment impacts financial aid. Call us at (208) 426-1664 to discuss part-time aid further.

How do I defer my existing loans when I go back to school?

During in-school deferment, you are not required to make payments on your loans. When you begin the semester and enroll at least half-time (6+ undergraduate or 5+ graduate credits), Boise State will report your enrollment to the National Student Clearinghouse to notify your loan servicer that you are eligible for in-school deferment.  If you need to request in-school deferment, contact your loan servicer for help. Often, they will require a form to be submitted to them. If you need to verify enrollment at Boise State, use the Enrollment Verification tool.