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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for Boise State scholarships?

How do I apply for Boise State scholarships?

To be eligible for academic scholarship consideration at Boise State University, you must complete the How To Apply checklist. If you successfully complete that checklist you will be considered for scholarships. Notification of scholarship awards will begin in mid March.

What types of awards are available to nonresident students?

What types of awards are available to nonresident students?

Boise State University offers merit-based tuition assistance programs for our nonresident students. There is no separate application for these scholarship programs. To meet the priority deadline for nonresident scholarships, all admission materials for new and transfer students must be received in the Admissions Office by December 15th.

Please refer to our Nonresident Scholarship Program page for more information and exact eligibility terms.

Students whose admissions materials arrive between December 16th and February 15th will be considered if scholarship resources remain available.

Nonresident students are also eligible for academic scholarships. Please complete the Boise State Scholarship Application by February 15. This form is only used for a academic scholarship selections. If you miss the deadline, you will not be eligible for these particular scholarships. Please note that not all Colleges and Departments are part of the Boise State Scholarship Application. If you miss a department’s or college scholarship deadline, speak with your academic department about your options. Scholarships are advertised on our web site with varying deadlines so be sure to check all opportunities.

I have a high GPA and I'm involved in many activities. I wasn’t awarded a scholarship. Why?

I have a high GPA and I’m involved in many activities. I wasn’t awarded a scholarship. Why?

Boise State has more qualified individuals than scholarship awards so the selection is a competitive process. Our Boise State Scholarship Committee uses a combination of GPA, test scores (ACT/SAT), and other admission information to award scholarships. For those scholarships with a financial need component, the results of your FAFSA are also considered. Each academic department is responsible for awarding scholarships and will consider GPA among other factors.

What happens if I miss the priority filing date of December 15th for new or incoming transfer student nonresident scholarships? Will I still be considered for nonresident scholarships?

What happens if I miss the priority filing date of December 15th for new or incoming transfer student nonresident scholarships? Will I still be considered for nonresident scholarships?

Boise State gives priority to students that have met the deadline. Boise State awards scholarships on a space available basis and those students admitted after December 15th will not have priority consideration for nonresident scholarships. The sooner you are able to submit all admission information the better chance you will have to be considered. Award notifications are sent approximately three weeks after you are admitted (through December 15th).

Students are considered for the Gem and WUE at the time they apply for admissions, there is no separate application. Because the GEM and WUE are awarded based on the admissions materials, once a student begins enrollment at Boise State, they are no longer automatically considered for the GEM or WUE if they did not receive it during their first semester.

What happens if I miss the priority filing date of February 15th for scholarships? Will I still be considered for scholarships?

What happens if I miss the priority filing date of February 15th for scholarships? Will I still be considered for scholarships?

Boise State gives priority to students that have met the deadline. Boise State awards scholarships on a space available basis and those students admitted after February 15th will not have priority consideration. The sooner you are able to submit all admission information the better chance you will have to be considered.

Idaho resident students are considered for the Idaho resident scholarships at the time they apply for admissions, there is no separate application. Because the Idaho resident scholarships are awarded based on the admissions materials, once a student begins enrollment at Boise State, they are no longer automatically considered for the Idaho resident scholarships if they did not receive it during their first semester.

What if I miss the Boise State Scholarship Application deadline?

What if I miss the Boise State Scholarship Application deadline?

The Boise State Scholarship Application must be submitted by February 15th. This form is only used for a academic scholarship selections. If you miss the deadline, you will not be eligible for these particular scholarships. Please note that not all Colleges and Departments are part of the Boise State Scholarship Application. If you miss a department’s or college scholarship deadline, speak with your academic department about your options. Scholarships are advertised on our web site with varying deadlines so be sure to check all opportunities.

We also encourage you to review the Private Scholarships page.

Do I have to apply for scholarships every school year?

Do I have to apply for scholarships every school year?

Students are encouraged to complete the Boise State Scholarship Application every year. Many scholarships are available for one year and students need to reapply to be considered for the scholarship again.

You should check our How to Apply page each year to learn about the different scholarship options. Each year, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will provide information to academic departments about students with a 3.00 GPA or better. You must declare your major with the Registrar’s Office to make sure your name appears on your academic department’s list. For need-based scholarships, you must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year. Many scholarship decisions will be made based on this information, however some departments require a separate scholarship application form. Please refer to our Departmental/College page for more information.

Is my scholarship renewable?

Is my scholarship renewable?

The renewal status varies with each scholarship and this information will be included with your scholarship award letter and/or on your Student Center. Attached to each scholarship will be an award message. The award message will be printed on your paper award letter. In your Student Center the award message can be found by clicking on the name of the scholarship on the page where you accept the award. The award message gives you important information about the renewal criteria for your scholarship.

I need to defer my attendance at Boise State for a medical reasons, military deployment, church service, or other selected reasons. What will happen to my scholarships?

I need to defer my attendance at Boise State for a medical reasons, military deployment, church service, or other selected reasons. What will happen to my scholarships?

Boise State University will defer a student’s scholarship(s) if a student’s attendance at Boise State is interrupted for medical reasons, military deployment, church service, or other selected reasons, provided that a student meets certain criteria. For a student’s scholarship(s) to be deferred, the student must attend at least one full-time semester prior to his or her departure and meet the minimum criteria for renewal of his or her scholarship(s) during the semester(s) he or she attends prior to leaving. Enrollment at another College or University during the deferment period will result in an automatic cancellation of the scholarship. To request a deferral, a student should submit a letter, prior to leaving Boise State, requesting the scholarship be held for a specified period of time. The letter must include when the student is leaving, when he or she plans to return, and the reason for the deferment request. Our general policy is that scholarships can be held for up to two academic years and approval is dependent on the availability of remaining scholarship funds  The letter should be submitted to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office in the Administration Building Room 113 or by email scholarships@boisestate.edu.

If a deferral is required for medical reasons, military deployment, church service, or other selected reasons prior to any Boise State attendance, a deferral request to hold those funds is also required. The letter must include when the student plans to return to Boise State and the reason for the deferment request. Our general policy is that scholarships can be held for up to two academic years and approval is dependent on the availability of remaining scholarship funds. Enrollment at another College or University during the deferment period will result in an automatic cancellation of the scholarship. The letter should be submitted to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office in the Administration Building Room 113 or by email scholarships@boisestate.edu.

I received a scholarship from an agency outside of Boise State. Where should information about outside or private scholarships be sent?

I received a scholarship from an agency outside of Boise State. Where should information about outside or private scholarships be sent?

Scholarship checks or communication should be sent to the following address:
Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
Attention: Scholarship Department
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1315

Be sure to include a copy of the award letter outlining the scholarship enrollment requirements and the term for which the scholarship is intended for. Boise State will automatically split scholarship funds between the fall and spring semesters unless otherwise specified.

Are international students eligible for scholarships?

Are international students eligible for scholarships?

Yes, international students are eligible for some Nonresident Scholarship Programs, Boise State Scholarship Application, and Departmental/College scholarships. Please review the admission requirements for international students here:  http://admissions.boisestate.edu/international/. The priority deadline for Nonresident Scholarship Programs is December 15th; however deadlines for academic scholarships vary. Review the individual scholarships for more information. For more information, new international students should contact International Admissions at (208) 426-1757 or interntl@boisestate.edu. Continuing international students should go to the International Programs Web page.

Does Boise State offer scholarships for study abroad programs?

Does Boise State offer scholarships for study abroad programs?

Yes, the International Learning Opportunities office awards a number of scholarships specifically for students intending to study abroad. In addition, there are a number of federal and private scholarships available to support students with the costs of studying abroad. Applications and information about education abroad scholarships are available here: http://international.boisestate.edu/. International Learning Opportunities staff are happy to consult with students about their applications for study abroad scholarships. Please contact Corrine Henke or Sarah Dart in International Learning Opportunities for more information 208.426-2630.

What types of awards are available to graduate students?

What types of awards are available to graduate students?

Graduate students are eligible for Nonresident Scholarship Programs such as the GEM Grad scholarship as well as certain Departmental/College scholarships. Not all departments award scholarships to graduate students, therefore we advise students to contact their department to discuss scholarship options.

Should I pay someone to search for scholarships for me?

Should I pay someone to search for scholarships for me?

No. You should never pay money to find a scholarship. Free web searches are your best option. Please refer to our National Scholarship Search.