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Scholarship Policies

Scholarship Notes/Disclaimers

  • New freshmen are students who enter Boise State University after completing coursework at a regionally accredited high school, a GED or a home school program. Students who take concurrent college credit during high school are considered for new freshmen scholarships if they enter Boise State University immediately after high school completion.
  • Transfer students are students who have completed at least one college credit. Students who take concurrent college credit during high school are considered transfer students if they do not enter Boise State University immediately after high school completion and apply to Boise State University at a later date.
  • All Boise State University scholarships require continuous enrollment at Boise State University. The criteria for credit completion, GPA, and award amounts of each scholarship are detailed in the scholarship award message listed on the award letter and Student Center.
  • Some scholarships for new freshmen require enrollment at Boise State immediately following the completion of high school or its equivalent. Students who delay enrollment at Boise State for a semester or more will not be considered for these awards.
  • Unweighted high school GPA is used for all applicants from regionally accredited high schools for both Boise State University admission and scholarship awards.
  • Boise State University does not require or consider for admission or scholarships the writing section score of the ACT or SAT.
  • Transfer credits are evaluated based on a semester hour system. All quarter credits are converted to a semester equivalent during the evaluation process.
  • Transfer credits are evaluated based on the number or attempted and completed credits, not the number or credits accepted by the university.
  • Criteria and award amounts for Boise State University scholarships are subject to change each academic year.

Institutional Funds Excess in Relation to Cost of Attendance

Boise State policy does not permit a student to receive institutional funds in conjunction with other outside funds in excess of that student’s Cost of Attendance (COA)

All Boise State students are provided an estimated Cost of Attendance (COA). The COA is an estimated calculation of an averaged expenses for student’s tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses for the period of enrollment. COA is also referred to as the financial aid budget. This budget is a key component in calculating your financial aid, and is initially calculated at full-time enrollment status. The COA is reviewed each year.

Boise State scholarship recipients cannot exceed their COA with institutional funds. The combination of scholarships, federal aid, and outside assistance cannot exceed the COA figure. If a combination of all sources of aid exceeds the student’s COA, Boise State will reduce aid to keep the student within their COA. We will start by reducing student loans, but we may ultimately need to reduce institutional scholarships as well. Scholarships have no impact on Pell Grant eligibility or amounts. Institutional scholarships awarded above a student’s COA will be canceled and awarded to other deserving Boise State students. At the time of an adjustment, students will be given an opportunity to request an increase to their COA by completing a budget increase form found on the financial aid web site under Printable Forms.

Renewable Scholarship Eligibility

Eligibility for renewable scholarships

Students receiving renewable scholarships are evaluated at the end of each spring semester (summer courses are not evaluated as part of the credit completion and/or GPA requirements) to determine if they are eligible for continuation of the scholarship into the next academic year. The Scholarship Committee will check to see if students met minimum criteria while receiving the award during the academic year. Students will need to review the award message attached to the scholarship award on their Student Center Accept/Decline Financial Aid page to be familiar with the renewal criteria of their scholarship. In most cases, students are required to maintain a certain GPA, complete a certain number of credits, and in some cases remain in an eligible major in order to renew their scholarship. Please note that repeated courses will not count toward meeting minimum credit requirements.

If a student does not meet the minimum requirements by the end of the spring semester to renew their scholarship, the scholarship will not be offered for the upcoming academic year. Students will receive a regret email. The email will include the option to appeal. Most successful appeals document extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control which significantly impact the student’s academic record.

Appeals are reviewed by a Special Scholarships Committee comprised of campus faculty and professionals within the field of student affairs. The committee reviews each appeal packet to determine if extenuating circumstances prevented the student from meeting scholarship standards. Committee members are aware of the rigors of university studies, and strive to approve appeals for those students who demonstrate they will be successful in the academic environment. Not all appeals are approved, and submitting a completed appeal packet does not guarantee approval.

Click here for the Scholarship Appeal Form. Forms need to be received by the 15th day of the month and will be reviewed by the last day of the month. The deadline for fall semester is August 15th. Appeals received after August 15th will be considered for the spring semester. The deadline spring semester is January 15th.

*Financial need will be considered in the appeal process. Students will be asked to file a FAFSA.

Deferring Scholarships

Deferring 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.

Scholarship Special Consideration

Scholarship Special Consideration

Boise State University has a large number of extremely qualified candidates for scholarships. Due to the outstanding quality of our applicant pool, we are unable to offer scholarship funding to all of our highly qualified applicants. Your admission and/or scholarship application has gone through an extensive review and the current scholarship decision was based on your academic coursework to date. You may ask the Scholarship Committee to review your account for special consideration, if there are extenuating circumstance or additional information not previously shared. Not all appeals are approved, and submitting a completed appeal packet does not guarantee approval.

What is an extenuating circumstance for a petition?

Extenuating circumstances include any life-altering event or condition that was beyond your control which had a direct impact on your academic record. Examples may include: serious illness or medical condition, natural disaster, catastrophic event, loss of immediate family member, change in family circumstances, or military deployment.

What is considered supporting documentation for a petition?

Supporting documentation should reinforce any and all extenuating circumstances that you note within the petition documents. For example, if you cite a medical condition which impacted your junior year grades, you should provide documentation from a medical source that confirms the time period of the condition and its impact on you.

Click here for the Scholarship Special Consideration Process. To be considered for fall semester, a complete appeal packet must be received by 5:00 P.M on August 15th. Appeals received after August 15th will be considered for the following semester. The deadline spring semester is January 15th.

Financial need will be considered in the appeal process. Students will be asked to file a FAFSA.

Full Time Enrollment

Full Time Enrollment

Most Boise State scholarships require undergraduate students to be enrolled in at least 12 credits. Scholarships will disburse as long as they meet all of the requirements for the award and are enrolled in at least 12 credits. Students must also remain enrolled in at least 12 credits. On 10th day of each semester the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will check the number of credits in which scholarship recipients are enrolled. If a student has dropped enrollment below the 12 credit requirement, the scholarship will be canceled.

Complete Withdraw Effect On Scholarships

Complete Withdraw Effect on Scholarships

If a student completely withdraws from Boise State University prior to the 10th day of the semester, any Boise State scholarships will be canceled from the students account. If the student received a refund that included the scholarships, the student will be required to pay that refund back to Boise State.

If the student received a scholarship from an outside entity, we will notify the outside entity that the student has withdrawn from the university. If the outside entity would like to have their scholarship money back, they will need to work directly with the student in that process.

If a student completely withdraws from Boise State University after the 10th day of the semester, the student can still receive their scholarship to help cover any of the charges incurred for their time here at Boise State. If the student’s fees are refunded or waived through a fee appeal, the scholarship will be canceled and the student will not be allowed a refund from the scholarship funds. If this results in a balance owing to Boise State, the student is required to pay that money back to the University.

Scholarships while on Education Abroad

Scholarships while on Education Abroad

If a student going on education abroad is currently receiving a scholarship from Boise State, the Scholarship Committee at Boise State will evaluate if the scholarship can be used towards their education abroad or if a deferment is required while they are away from Boise State campus. Prior to leaving Boise State, the student needs to write a letter to the Scholarship Committee telling them they are going on exchange, where they are going on exchange, what type of exchange it is (direct, education abroad etc), what type of renewable scholarships they have, and when they plan to return. The Scholarship Committee will decide if the scholarship can be used while on exchange. The letter should be submitted to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office in the Administration Building Room 113 or via scholarships@boisestate.edu. A response will be sent to the student for their review.

Nonresident Scholarships such as the GEM or WUE Scholarships are not eligible to be used while on some education abroad programs. They can be used for direct exchange programs, but not other programs abroad. Prior to going on exchange, the student will need to write a request for deferral letter documenting why they need the scholarship held. When the student returns from their exchange the Scholarship Office will check to make sure the student maintained the renewal requirements of the scholarship before it will be renewed on their student account.

Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarships

If you are receiving a scholarship from a source other than Boise State, it must be processed through the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. Please direct your donor to send your scholarship check to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
1910 University Dr
Boise, ID 83725-1315.

Along with the check please ask your donor to give us instructions on rules and regulations required of the recipient in order to receive the scholarship. We can track these rules through our office to ensure the donor’s requests are being met. Once the check is received it will be processed and put on the student account in a timely manner. During our peak time (August and January) please allow 2 weeks to see the funds disburse to the student account. If this time frame causes any problems, please contact our office.

Scholarship Criteria

Scholarship Criteria

Most Boise State scholarships have criteria you must meet in order to receive/maintain the scholarship. To find these criteria, navigate to the Accept/Decline Financial Aid page on your Student Center. The name of the scholarship is a link to an award message. The award message will give you pertinent information for the scholarship. Please read this message carefully and be aware of the requirements to receive/maintain the scholarship. If you do not meet the listed criteria, your scholarship may be revoked prior to disbursement. For example, if the scholarship requires you to be in a certain major and you are not in that major (or you recently changed your major), your scholarship may be canceled prior to disbursement. Another example is if the scholarship requires a certain GPA and your GPA has dropped below that level, your scholarship may be canceled prior to disbursement.

Scholarship Award Splits Between Semesters

Scholarship Award Splits Between Semesters

The majority of Boise State scholarships are offered for one year and require full time enrollment (12 credits for undergraduate students; 9 credits for graduate students) each semester the award is granted. Scholarships are typically split evenly between fall and spring semesters. These splits are nonnegotiable and non-enrollment or enrollment in less than full time in either semester will result in the forfeiture of that portion of your award. The award messages attached to your scholarship will inform you of additional/different requirements, if any.

Donor Thank You Letters

Donor Thank You Letters

Most Boise State Scholarships are from funds provided by private donors. These donors are donating their money to help you fund your education. Please let them know how much you appreciate their support of your education. Send your donor a thank you note! Failure to submit a thank you note will delay the disbursement of your scholarship(s)could and may result in cancelation of all or part of your scholarship award and prevent you from receiving future scholarships from Boise State.

Donor Relations will send you information on how to submit your letter beginning in June, prior to the beginning of the fall semester and in December, prior to the beginning of the spring  semester. Please contact Boise State Donor Relations at donorrelations@boisestate.edu or (208)426-3276 for information on how to thank your donor.

Student Athletes Receiving Scholarships

Student Athletes Receiving Scholarships

Student athletes who have been offered a scholarship should discuss the award with their coach to determine whether or not the student athlete can accept the award. Per NCAA regulations, student athletes are limited in the amount of institutional aid they can receive. Institutional aid includes both athletic scholarships AND institutional academic scholarships.

Scholarship Acceptance Deadline

Scholarship Acceptance Deadline

All scholarships offered must be accepted within 30 days after the date posted on the award notification (email or letter). All awards not accepted by this deadline will be canceled and offered to another deserving Boise State student. To accept the awards go to My.Boisestate and log in, then click on Student Center, Under Finances click on Accept/Decline Awards, and finally click on the current aid year. Follow the instructions listed.

Repeated Credits and Their Effects on Scholarships

Repeated credits – impact on scholarship awards

Most Boise State scholarships require students to be enrolled in at least 12 credits. When counting credits to determine scholarship eligibility for that semester, many repeated classes will be excluded from the scholarship eligible credit count. A student can be paid on a repeated class IF that class was never previously passed. Previously passed courses are those with grades of D- or better or “P” if taken pass/fail. A student can also be paid for repeating a previously passed course as long as it is the first repeat of the course. For additional details on this policy please see the Timely Tip on the Financial Aid Website for “Repeated credits –federal financial aid changes.”

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Non-degree seeking students are not considered for scholarships at Boise State. If a student switches from non-degree to degree seeking, after the scholarship deadline, we ask they contact the Scholarships Office for special scholarship consideration. They will complete the Scholarship Special Consideration process which will be reviewed by the Scholarships Appeals Committee.

Graduate Student Credit Policy

Graduate Student Credit Policy

Boise State Graduate students receiving most scholarships or waivers need to be aware of the following requirements. Graduate students must be enrolled in at least nine (9) graduate-level credits each semester. Undergraduate credits can be included if the course fulfills the graduate degree requirements. Such undergraduate courses are indicated with a “G” designation. Please note that repeated courses will not count toward meeting minimum credit requirements.

Renewal requirements for graduate students include maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA and the successful completion of 18 credits per academic year. Departments may also require recipients to remain in a specified major.