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Nonresident Scholarship Programs

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Boise State University offers merit-based scholarship programs for our nonresident students. Nonresident scholarships are automatically awarded to admitted nonresident degree-seeking students who meet the criteria listed below. For fall 2017, all admission materials must be received by Admissions for new and transfer students by December 15, 2016.

New Students (Undergraduates)

The criteria listed is for fall 2017 and spring 2018. Qualified students will receive one of the following scholarships. For fall 2017, award notifications will be finalized by the end of December 2016. For spring 2018 semester, notifications will be finalized by the end of November 2018.
Scholarship NameCumulative Unweighted High School GPATest Score Taken Prior to March 1, 2016Test Score Taken March 1, 2016 and ForwardApproximate ValueLength of Program
GEM Scholarship3.6-4.0ACT 26+ or SAT 1170+ACT 26+ or SAT 1240+$14,450 per year4 years (8 semesters)
WUE Scholarship3.2-4.0ACT 21+ or SAT 980+ACT 21+ or SAT 1060+$10,910 per year4 years (8 semesters)

Additional Details

  • GEM Scholarships waive the entire full time nonresident portion of tuition for out-of-state students. GEM Recipients are still responsible for resident fees; this represents a savings of approximately $14,450/year.
  • To be considered for the WUE, you must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and have a permanent residence within one of the following participating states/U.S. territories: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Guam, and Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI).
  • WUE recipients are still responsible for resident fees and the uncovered portion of the nonresident fees; this represents a savings of approximately $10,910/year.
  • WUE recipients cannot count time in WUE program towards establishing Idaho residency.
  • The minimum SAT scores include critical reading and math combined.
  • Current information on tuition and fee costs at Boise State University can be found at the University Tuition & Fees page.
  • Ineligible majors include: Nursing, Pre-Nursing, Radiology, and Pre-Radiology, and self-supported online programs. These programs are subject to change.
  • Competitive Programs: Some programs are especially selective for this scholarship, and will require higher academic performance. These include: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Pre-Mechanical Engineering.
  • High School students with college credits will be considered based on their high school GPA and test scores.

New Students (Undergraduates) Renewal Information

  • Recipients must maintain enrollment in at least 12 credits each semester to receive this award.
  • GEM Scholarships are awarded for one year and may be renewed for three additional years if you complete at least 12 credits each semester you receive the award, or 24 credits per academic year if you are a fall/spring GEM recipient, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, and remain in an eligible program.
  • WUE Scholarships are awarded for one year and may be renewed for three additional years if you complete at least 12 credits each semester you receive the award or 24 credits per academic year if you are a fall/spring WUE recipient, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, remain in an eligible program, and remain a resident of one of the WUE participating states.

Courses that are repeated within the same academic year do not count towards meeting the credit completion requirement.

Please make yourself familiar with the Scholarship Policies for additional requirements for this and all scholarships.

Transfer Students (Undergraduates)

Qualified students will receive one of the following scholarships. Award notifications will be finalized by the end of December.

Scholarship NameCumulative College GPAOther CriteriaApproximate ValueLength of Program
GEM Transfer Scholarship3.75-4.0earned 26 or more semester credits$14,450 per year2 years (4 semesters)
WUE Transfer Scholarship3.5-4.0earned 26 or more semester credits$10,910 per year2 years (4 semesters)

Additional Details

  • GEM Scholarships waive the entire full time nonresident portion of tuition for out-of-state students. GEM Recipients are still responsible for resident fees; this represents a savings of approximately $14,450/year.
  • To be considered for the WUE, you must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and have a permanent residence within one of the following participating states/U.S. territories: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Guam, and Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI).
  • WUE recipients are still responsible for resident fees and the uncovered portion of the nonresident fees; this represents a savings of approximately $10,910/year.
  • WUE recipients cannot count time in WUE program towards establishing Idaho residency.
  • Current information on tuition and fee costs at Boise State University can be found at the University Tuition & Fees page.
  • Ineligible majors include: Nursing, Pre-Nursing, Radiology, and Pre-Radiology, and self-supported online programs. These programs are subject to change.
  • Competitive Programs: Some programs are especially selective for this scholarship, and will require higher academic performance. These include: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Pre-Mechanical Engineering.
  • High School students with college credits will be considered based on their high school GPA and test scores.
  • Students with less than 26 credits completed will be considered based on their high school GPA and test scores.

Transfer Students (Undergraduates) Renewal Information

  • Recipients must maintain enrollment in at least 12 credits each semester to receive this award.
  • GEM Scholarships are awarded for one year and may be renewed for an additional year if you complete at least 12 credits each semester you receive the award, or 24 credits per academic year if you are a fall/spring GEM recipient, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, and remain in an eligible program.
  • WUE Scholarships are awarded for one year and may be renewed for an additional year if you complete at least 12 credits each semester you receive the award or 24 credits per academic year if you are a fall/spring WUE recipient, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, remain in an eligible program, and remain a resident of one of the WUE participating states.

Courses that are repeated within the same academic year do not count towards meeting the credit completion requirement.

Please make yourself familiar with the Scholarship Policies for additional requirements for this and all scholarships.

GEM Grad Scholarships

GEM Grad Scholarships waive the entire full time nonresident portion of tuition and fees* for out-of-state and international graduate students with a GPA of at least 3.00 who are accepted into an eligible graduate program. Qualified students who attended Boise State as an undergraduate are eligible for a graduate GEM Scholarship, even if they received GEM support as an undergraduate.

There is no separate application process. If you are accepted into an eligible graduate program, then Graduate Admission and Degree Services alerts the Financial Aid Office, which makes the offer to you.

To be considered for a GEM Grad Scholarship you must:

  • Have a permanent residence outside the State of Idaho (both international students and US citizens are
    eligible).
  • Have a cumulative GPA as an undergraduate of 3.00 or higher.
  • Be accepted into an eligible graduate program. Please note the following programs are ineligible for the GEM Grad. These programs are subject to change.
    • Graduate Certificates
    • Executive Master of Business Administration EMBA
    • Master of Arts in Education, Literacy READNG MST
    • Master of Athletic Leadership MAL
    • Master of Education in English as a New Language ESL MED
    • Master of Educational Technology MET EDTECH
    • Master of Business Administration – Online MBAO
    • Master of Business Administration – Part-time/JD MBA JD
    • Master of Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care Option NURS AGNP
    • Master of Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Option NURS AGNPP
    • Master of Science in Accountancy Taxation/JD ACCT JD
    • Master of Science in Educational Technology EDTECH MS
    • Master of Science in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning IPT-MST
    • Master of Social Work Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Twin Falls
    • Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Twin Falls
    • Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing Online SOWK ADV O
    • Master of Social Work – Online SOWK MST O
    • Education Specialist in Executive Educational Leadership EEL EDS
    • Education Specialist in Educational Technology EDTECH EDS
    • Doctor of Education in Educational Technology EDTECH EDD
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice NURS DNP
    • MBA-Career Start is ineligible for the Gem Scholarship; however, they may offer the Graduate Scholars Award which waives 1/2 of the out of state non-resident tuition and fees. To be eligible for the Graduate Scholars Award a student must:
      • Have a permanent residence outside the State of Idaho (both international students and US citizens are eligible)
      • Have a GPA as an undergraduate of 3.00 or higher.
      • Be accepted in the MBA Career State Program.

Deadline: GEM Grad Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, the sooner you submit an application, the better your chances a scholarship will be offered. Students who receive a Graduate Assistantship with a tuition waiver will have their GEM Scholarship replaced by the assistantship because the latter covers all tuition and fees while the GEM Scholarship waives only out-of-state tuition. For more information please visit the
Graduate College Web site.

GEM Grad Renewal Information

GEM Grad Scholarships are awarded for one year and may be renewed for one additional year if you complete at least 9 credits each semester you receive the award, or 18 credits per academic year if you are a fall/spring GEM Grad recipient (courses that are repeated within the same academic year do not count towards meeting the credit completion requirement), maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, and remain in an eligible program. Two years is the maximum award period.

Please make yourself familiar with the Scholarship Policies for additional requirements for this and all scholarships.

Additional Details

*GEM Grad Recipients are still responsible for resident fees; this represents a savings of approximately $14,450/year. Current information on tuition and fee costs at Boise State University can be found at the
University Tuition & Fees page.

For more information please visit the Graduate College Web site.

International Student Scholarships

International Student Scholarship

International Student Scholarship

Continuing International Student Scholarship

Continuing International Student Scholarships waive the entire nonresident portion of tuition and fees for continuing international students for up to one academic year. To be considered you must meet the following qualifications:

  • You must have successfully completed (by the end of the Spring 2017 semester) at least one semester of full-time coursework at Boise State University (a minimum of 12 credits). Courses that are repeated within the same academic year do not count towards meeting the credit completion requirement.
  • You must be on an F-1 student visa.
  • You must have a minimum cumulative Boise State GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • You must be making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree at Boise State.
  • You must be studying in an eligible major. Ineligible majors include: Nursing, Pre-Nursing, Radiology, and Pre-Radiology, and self-supported online programs. These programs are subject to change.
  • Some programs are especially selective for this scholarship, and will require higher academic performance. These include: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Pre-Mechanical Engineering.
  • You must not have already been awarded a tuition fee waiver for the 2016-17 academic year.

New/Transfer International Student Scholarship

International New/Transfer Scholarships are for outstanding international students who demonstrate academic achievement and a commitment to being a successful student at Boise State University. The awards waive the entire nonresident portion of tuition and fees for new international freshman or transfer students applying for the fall semester. Eligible students must complete and submit all admissions materials by April 1st for Fall entrance. To be considered you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a first-time Boise State University student seeking an undergraduate degree with a full time course load,
    attending Boise State University as an F-1 student.
  • Transfer students must have an overall equivalent college GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • New students must have an equivalent high school GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • You must be studying in an eligible major. Ineligible majors include: Nursing, Pre-Nursing, Radiology, and
    Pre-Radiology, and self-supported online programs. These programs are subject to change.
  • Some programs are especially selective for this scholarship, and will require higher academic performance. These
    include: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Pre-Mechanical Engineering.
  • You must have submitted all required admissions materials, with the exception of the Financial Form and Bank
    Verification, to the International Admissions Office by April 1st.

Deadline to submit the scholarship application is April 1st.

Renewal

International New/Transfer Student Scholarships are awarded for one year and may be renewed for three additional years if you complete at least 12 credits each semester you receive the award or 24 credits per academic year (courses that are repeated within the same academic year do not count towards meeting the credit completion requirement), maintain a minim cumulative GPA of 3.00, and remain in an eligible program.