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How Do I Pay for School?

Pursuing your online degree requires investing time and money. Boise State University’s online degree programs offer reasonably priced tuition, ongoing support, financial aid options and degree paths that help ensure you reach your goals quickly and efficiently.

How much will my program cost?

Investing in your education is a smart decision and Boise State’s online programs make the most of your investment.

For most programs, there is no out-of-state tuition, no surprise charges, and per-credit fees are the same whether attending full- or part-time. A few of our programs operate in a slightly different model and are indicated with the “fees may vary” pop up on the Online Degrees page. Review the costs carefully when planning for your program.

Is my program eligible for financial aid?

Unless otherwise noted, students enrolled in Boise State online programs with degree-seeking status can apply for federal financial aid.

The application completion and review process can take several weeks. The sooner you apply, the better chance you have of receiving award information before the Boise State fee deadline.

Boise State Financial Aid Office

Investing in your education is investing in yourself

At Boise State Online, our Student Success Team can walk you through your payment options and help you apply to school. Follow these best practices to set yourself up for success:

  1. Apply to Boise State. You must be admitted before your financial aid can be processed.
  2. Submit the FAFSA as early as possible. The FAFSA is your first step in the financial aid process. Visit the Boise State Financial Aid website for more details on filing the FAFSA.
  3. Check your BroncoMail and myBoiseState account daily to make sure you are meeting deadlines and resolving any To-Do items for your financial aid package.
  4. If you plan to attend school year-round, budget your financial aid to last all three semesters.

When should you file the FAFSA?

Many students who are starting their online degree journey wonder when is the best time to apply for financial aid or if they still have time to apply. To better understand your timeline, consider when your program courses begin and work backwards from that date.

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10 weeks or more before classes begin

You’re good! If you submit the FAFSA for the coming year, you will be in good shape to receive funds by the fee deadline at Boise State.

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7 – 9 weeks before classes begin

Hurry, time is running out!  We recommend submitting the FAFSA as soon as you can. Contact our student success team if you need any help.

FAFSA timeline meter illustration with arrow pointing at radioactive icon.4 – 6 weeks before classes begin

Danger zone! Call our student success team as soon as possible for support. Don’t give up hope; our team can walk you through your options.

Portion your financial aid to last the whole year.

Year-round Programs = Year-round Costs

Many online students are in year-round programs that run in the fall, spring and summer semesters. We advise these students to budget their financial aid to last the whole year.

Manage your aid wisely

When a student is offered financial aid, they are automatically awarded all of their eligible funds for the academic year in a fall and spring aid offer. If you take the fall award for fall and spring, you may run out of money before the summer semester. When considering going to school year-round, you have a couple of options with your aid:

  • Reduce the amount of aid you accept in fall and spring so that you still have money to pay for the summer semester.
    If you need help with financial aid, contact the Student Success team to discuss your support options. You can either make this adjustment when you accept your financial aid or you can work with a financial aid counselor to make this change.


  • Take all of the money offered to you for the fall and spring semesters, making sure you are saving any refunds to pay for your summer classes. Remember- don’t spend that money if you take this option! We know it’s tempting.

If you need help with financial aid, contact the Student Success Team to discuss your support options.

Financial aid can be a huge gift, but it’s also a huge responsibility. Spend and borrow wisely!

Need help managing your financial aid? The Financial Wellness Program through Boise State’s Student Financial Services is designed to help you acquire the skills needed to minimize debt, alleviate stress and foster a healthy relationship with money.

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Other Opportunities

In addition to federal financial aid, we encourage you to review other opportunities to help fund your online education including:

Find your program costs

Want to know the specific fees for your online degree program of interest? Select it from the degree drop down.

Still have Questions?

If you still have questions, contact our enrollment and student success team for support by emailing us at, calling (208) 426-5921 or attend a live, online information session.

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