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New Nonresident Student

A new nonresident student is defined as an individual who has earned less than 14 post-high school semester credits or no college credits by the scholarship deadline and holds residency in a state other than Idaho. Students with concurrent college credits during high school are considered new students.

Complete the steps below to maximize your funding opportunities.

STEP 1: Apply for Admissions

Students must be admitted as degree-seeking to be considered for scholarships. By completing the admissions application and meeting the criteria listed below, you will automatically be considered for one of the following scholarships without an additional application: Foothills, Ridgeline, Summit, or Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). A complete application includes the admissions application AND transcript(s).

Click below to begin the admissions process. If you have already been admitted, welcome!

Nonresident Fall 2023 Deadline: December 15
Nonresident Spring 2024 Deadline: October 1

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STEP 2: Meet the Deadline

No additional application is needed! Scholarship recipients are notified through their admission letter. Scholarships will be made visible in the Student Center three weeks after an admissions decision has been reached.

The criteria listed below are for the 2023-24 academic year. This criterion is subject to change.

Scholarship NameOther Required Criteria Required Cumulative Unweighted High School GPAValueLength of ProgramFall DeadlineSpring Deadline****Renewal Credits (fall and spring)Renewal Cumulative GPA
Foothills*Must have an eligible major.3.20-3.49$2,000 per year 4 years (8 semesters)December 15October 1242.50
Ridgeline*Must have an eligible major.3.50-3.69$8,000 per year4 years (8 semesters)December 15October 1243.00
Summit*Must have an eligible major.3.70-4.0$11,000 per year4 years (8 semesters)December 15October 1243.00
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)**Must have an eligible major.
***Must be from an eligible state.
3.90-4.0~$14,572 per year4 years (8 semesters)December 15October 1243.00
  • Only incoming students are considered for the Foothills, Ridgeline, Summit, or Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE, pronounced “woo-ee”) scholarships. Consideration is based on admissions materials received by the scholarship deadline. A complete application includes the admissions application AND transcript(s). All criteria must be met by the deadline.
  • *Students must have an eligible major for the Foothills, Ridgeline, and Summit scholarships. If one of the following majors is declared you will not be eligible for the Foothills, Ridgeline, or Summit: Nursing, Pre-Nursing, Radiological Science, Pre-Radiological Science, Alternative Fee Programs, and fully online programs. These programs are subject to change.
  • **Students must have an eligible major for the WUE, if one of the following majors is declared you will not be eligible for the WUE: Radiological Science, Pre-Radiological Science, Alternative Fee Programs, and fully online programs. These programs are subject to change.
  • ***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, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.
  • WUE scholarship recipients cannot count time in the WUE program towards establishing Idaho residency. Visit the Idaho Residency webpage for more information.
  • WUE scholarship covers 150% of the resident tuition, this is a savings of approximately $14,661 per year.
  • Scholarship recipients are required to enroll full-time (12 credits) each semester of the award (fall & spring) and are still responsible for resident fees and the uncovered portion of the nonresident fees. Online courses that charge a per-credit fee instead of standard tuition do not count towards the required 12 credits per semester.
  • ****Recipients must be enrolled in at least 12 credits each semester (fall & spring) and successfully complete at least 24 credits combined (fall & spring). One-semester recipient (fall or spring only) must successfully complete at least 12 credits.
  • While courses that are repeated within the same academic year may be eligible for federal financial aid, they do not count toward the 24 credits required for scholarship renewal. To learn more about repeated credits visit the Repeated Credits webpage.
  • Please make yourself familiar with the Scholarship Policies for additional details.
  • Current information on tuition at Boise State University can be found on the University Tuition & Fees page.

STEP 3: Complete the FAFSA

The fall priority deadline is February 15 and the spring priority deadline is October 1 for both the FAFSA and Federal Student Aid Estimator.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2023-2024 academic year opens October 1, 2022. The last day to submit the FAFSA for the 2023-2024 academic year is June 30, 2023, but the sooner you complete the FAFSA the sooner you will be evaluated for aid. By completing the FAFSA and Boise State Scholarship Application students can be considered for need-based scholarships and federal financial aid. If you don’t want to be considered for need-based scholarships or federal student aid, proceed to the next step.

Complete the FAFSA

Students who don’t meet the citizenship or eligible non-citizenship criteria for the FAFSA may still be eligible for need-based scholarships. Complete the Federal Student Aid Estimator, Boise State Scholarship Application, and questionnaire to be considered.

Complete the Questionnaire

STEP 4: Complete the Boise State Scholarship Application

Complete the application to maximize your Boise State University scholarship opportunities.

Scholarship recipients are notified through BroncoMail and all awards are made by May 1.

The Boise State Scholarship Application opens mid-November and most scholarship opportunities close by February 15.
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STEP 5: Other Funding Opportunities

Maximize your scholarship opportunities by applying for Private Funds.
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Students admitted to the Honors College are encouraged to apply for Honors Scholarships.
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