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THE VALUE OF A BOISE STATE EDUCATION

With numerous scholarship opportunities available to residents and non-residents, Boise State makes it possible for students to attain an affordable, quality education to improve their future. You’ll wonder why you didn’t apply sooner! Learn about tuition costs, scholarships, and the value of a Boise State education below.

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Automatic Scholarships for Idaho Residents

Boise State University offers merit-based and need-based scholarships for our new incoming and transfer Idaho resident students. Resident scholarships are automatically awarded to admitted resident degree-seeking students who meet the criteria. All required admission materials must be received by Admissions by the Application and Scholarship Priority Deadline in order to qualify. Scholarships require full-time enrollment of 12 or more credits. Please see a full list of criteria on Financial Aid’s New Idaho Student Scholarships and Idaho Transfer Student Scholarships webpages. Scholarship criteria is subject to change.

  • Fall 2023 Application and Scholarship Priority Deadline: February 15, 2023
  • Spring 2024 Application and Scholarship Priority Deadline: October 1, 2023

Idaho Resident Scholarships

Automatic Scholarships for Residents

Figures below reflect the 2023-2024 academic year. Scholarship information for other academic years is available on Financial Aid’s scholarships page.

Scholarship NameRequired Cumulative Unweighted High School GPAValueLength of Program
True Blue Promise3.20-3.69 and eligible for Federal Pell Grant based on FAFSA$2,000 per year4 years (8 semesters)
Dean's3.70-3.89$2,500 per year4 years (8 semesters)
Presidential3.90-4.0$3,000 per year4 years (8 semesters)

Automatic Scholarships for Idaho Transfer Students

Figures below reflect the 2023-2024 academic year. Scholarship information for other academic years is available on Financial Aid’s scholarships page.

Transfer Scholarship NameCumulative Transfer GPARequired CriteriaValueLength of Program
True Blue Promise Transfer3.20-3.69Earned 14 or more semester credits post high school. Eligible for Federal Pell Grant based on FAFSA.$2,000 per year2 years (4 semesters)
Dean's Transfer 3.70-3.89Earned 14 or more semester credits post high school.$2,500 per year2 years (4 semesters)
Presidential Transfer 3.90-4.0Earned 14 or more semester credits post high school.$3,000 per year2 years (4 semesters)

Resident Tuition Costs

This table details estimated full-time (12-16 credits) tuition and fees for the 2023-2024 year with and without the Boise State automatic scholarships included. Estimated amounts are based on direct and indirect costs that are subject to change. (Tuition and fees – award amount = adjusted tuition estimate).

Expense TypeIdaho ResidentTrue Blue Promise
($2,000/year for 4 years)
Dean's
($2,500/year for 4 years)
Presidential ($3,000/year for
4 years)
Tuition and Fees$8,364$6,364$5,864$5,364
Books and Supplies$1,240$1,240$1,240$1,240
Average Room and Board (on-campus)$13,840$13,840$13,840$13,840
Transportation$2,144$2,144$2,144$2,144
Personal and Misc.$3,128$3,128$3,128$3,128
Total$28,716$26,716$26,216$25,716

Automatic Scholarships for Nonresidents

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. All required admission materials must be received by Boise State Admissions by the Application and Scholarship Priority Deadline to be considered for automatic scholarships. Scholarships require full-time enrollment of 12 or more credits. Please see a full list of criteria on Financial Aid’s New Nonresident Student Scholarships and Nonresident Transfer Student Scholarships webpages. Scholarship criteria is subject to change.

  • Fall 2023 Application and Scholarship Priority Deadline: December 15, 2022
  • Spring 2024 Application and Scholarship Priority Deadline: October 1, 2023

Nonresident Scholarships

Automatic Scholarships for Nonresidents

Scholarships subject to eligibility requirements. Figures below reflect the 2023-2024 academic year, and more information is available on Financial Aid’s scholarships page.

Scholarship NameRequired Cumulative Unweighted High School GPAValueLength of Program
Foothills3.20-3.49$2,000 per year4 years (8 semesters)
Ridgeline3.50-3.69$8,000 per year4 years (8 semesters)
Summit3.70-4.0$11,000 per year4 years (8 semesters)
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)3.90-4.0$14,572 per year4 years (8 semesters)

Automatic Scholarships for Nonresident Transfer Students

Scholarships subject to eligibility requirements. Figures below reflect the 2023-2024 academic year, and more information is available on Financial Aid’s scholarships page.

Transfer Scholarship NameCumulative Transfer GPARequired CriteriaValueLength of Program
Treasure Transfer3.40-4.0earned 14 or more semester credits post high school$8,000 per year2 years (4 semesters)
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Transfer3.90-4.0earned 14 or more semester credits post high school$14,572 per year2 years (4 semesters)

Nonresident Tuition Costs

This table details estimated full-time (12-16 credits) tuition and fees for the 2023-2024 year with and without the Boise State automatic scholarships included. Estimated amounts are based on direct and indirect costs that are subject to change. (Tuition and fees – award amount = adjusted tuition estimate).

Expense TypeNonresidentFoothills ($2,000/year for 4 yearsRidgeline ($8,000/year for 4 years)Summit ($11,000/year for 4 years)Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) ($14,572/year for 4 years)
Tuition and Fees$25,702$23,702$17,702$14,702$11,130
Books and Supplies$1,240$1,240$1,240$1,240$1,240
Average Room and Board (on-campus)
$13,840$13,840$13,840$13,840$13,840
Transportation$2,580$2,580$2,580$2,580$2,580
Personal and Misc.$3,128$3,128$3,128$3,128$3,128
Total$46,490$44,490$38,490$35,490$31,918

Scholarship Eligibility

Students must have an eligible major for the Foothills, Ridgeline, Summit, and Treasure Transfer. If one of the following majors is declared students will not be eligible for the Foothills, Ridgeline, Summit, or Treasure Transfer: Nursing, Pre-Nursing, Radiological Science, Pre-Radiological Science, Alternative Fee Programs, and fully online programs. Scholarships require full-time enrollment of 12 or more credits. Please see a full list of criteria on Financial Aid’s New Nonresident Student Scholarships and Nonresident Transfer Student Scholarships webpages. Scholarship criteria is subject to change.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

WUE (pronounced “woo-ee”) is the Western Undergraduate Exchange, a tuition reciprocity agreement that enables students from member states and territories to enroll in participating two- and four-year public institutions at 150 percent of the university’s resident tuition. This is a savings of approximately $14,572 per year.

Students must have an eligible major for the WUE or WUE Transfer, if one of the following majors is declared students will not be eligible for the WUE or WUE Transfer: Radiological Science, Pre-Radiological Science, Alternative Fee Programs, and fully online programs.

WUE eligible states/territories

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

How valuable is a college education?

It pays to go to Boise State. Graduating from Boise State is an investment in yourself that provides tremendous value for life.

$1.6 million

$1.6 million is the difference in lifetime earnings with a bachelor’s degree vs. with a high school diploma.

$54,800

$54,800 is the average salary upon graduating from Boise State. With 10 years of experience, the average salary is $89,000.

Top 20%

Boise State ranks
in the top 20% of colleges and universities nationally for return on investment.

Cheyon Sheen - Twin Falls, Idaho

BRONCOS GIVE BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES

Cheyon Sheen, a civil engineering student at Boise State, wants to reduce air pollution in her hometown of Twin Falls, Idaho, by eliminating unnecessary vehicles idling in vulnerable places like the waiting areas of schools, day cares and nursing homes. She is working to inform residents on how the air pollution from idling affects people and working to get these vulnerable locations in Twin Falls enrolled in the Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Air Zone Program.

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