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FAQs

We’ve anticipated many of your questions and did our best to answer them. If you can’t find and answer please email us at scholarships@boisestate.edu.

How do I apply for Boise State Scholarships?

Eligibility for academic scholarships is contingent upon your admission as a degree-seeking student to Boise State University.  To be considered for academic scholarships please complete the Boise State Scholarship Application. Some scholarships are need-based and will require you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Recipients are notified through BroncoMail and all awards will be made by May 1st.

The Boise State Scholarship Application opens mid-November and most scholarship opportunities close February 15th.

What type of awards are available to nonresident students?

Boise State offers merit-based and need-based scholarships for our new incoming degree-seeking students. To be considered all admission materials must be received by the date listed below and all criteria must be met. Admission materials include the completed admissions application, transcript(s), test scores (if applicable) and the intent to enroll fee must be paid.

Scholarship recipients are notified through BroncoMail and the award can be viewed in Student Center.

Fall admits that met the December 15th deadline and met all criteria are notified by the end of December. Spring admits that met the October 1st deadline and met all criteria are notified by the end of November.

I have a high GPA and I’m involved in many activities, but I wasn’t awarded a scholarship. Why?

Boise State has more qualified individuals than scholarship awards so the selection is a competitive process. Our Boise State Scholarship Committee uses a combination of GPA, test scores (ACT/SAT), the results of your FAFSA (if applicable), and other admission information to award scholarships.

What happens if I miss the filing date of December 15th for new or incoming transfer student nonresident scholarships?

Boise State gives priority to students that met the deadline and met all criteria and awards scholarships on a space-available basis. Those students admitted after December 15th will not be considered for nonresident scholarships. Scholarship recipients are notified through BroncoMail and the award can be viewed in Student Center. Fall admits that met the December 15th deadline and met all criteria are notified by mid-January.

Students are considered for the WUE or Treasure Scholarships at the time they apply for admissions, there is no separate application. As the WUE and Treasure are awarded based on the admissions materials, once a student begins enrollment at Boise State, they are no longer considered for the WUE or Treasure if they did not receive it during their first semester.

What happens if I miss the filing date of May 1st for resident scholarships?

Boise State gives priority to students that have met the deadline and met all criteria and awards scholarships on a space-available basis. Idaho students admitted after May 1st will not have priority consideration for resident scholarships. Scholarship recipients are notified through BroncoMail and the award can be viewed in Student Center. Fall admits that met the May 1st deadline and met all criteria are notified by June 15th.

Students are considered for the Presidential, Dean’s, or True Blue Promise Scholarships at the time they apply for admissions, there is no separate application. As the Presidential, Dean’s, and True Blue Promise are awarded based on the admissions materials, once a student begins enrollment at Boise State, they are no longer considered for the Presidential, Dean’s, or True Blue Promise if they did not receive it during their first semester.

What if I miss the Boise State Scholarship Application deadline?

Most scholarships through the Boise State Scholarship Application close on February 15th, however, there are some opportunities that have different deadlines. This form is only used for academic scholarship selections. If you miss the deadline, you will not be eligible for these particular scholarships.

For additional scholarship opportunities, we also encourage you to review the Private Scholarships page.

Do I have to apply for scholarships every school year?

Many scholarships have a one-year term and students need to re-apply to be considered for the scholarship again. Students are encouraged to complete the Boise State Scholarship Application every year to learn about the different scholarship options available.

For departmental scholarships please be sure to declare your major with the Registrar’s Office as the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office uses this information to provide academic departments with a list of eligible students.

Is my scholarship renewable?

The renewal status varies with each scholarship and this information can be found in your scholarship award letter and/or on your Student Center by clicking on the name of the scholarship.

I am a current student and need to defer my attendance. What will happen to my scholarship(s)?

Boise State will defer a student’s Boise State-funded 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 meet the minimum criteria for renewal of their scholarship(s) 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 statement, prior to leaving Boise State, requesting the scholarship be held for a specified period of time. The statement must include when the student is leaving when they plan 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 scholarship funds. The statement should be submitted by email scholarships@boisestate.edu.

I am an incoming student and need to defer my attendance. What will happen to my scholarship(s)?

Students seeking to defer their admission and admission scholarships can do so by submitting a deferment request form. Deferring allows you to delay your admission to a later semester. Please visit the Deferring your Admission webpage for more information.

Are international students eligible for scholarships?

Yes! Please review the admission requirements for international students here. The priority deadline for Nonresident Scholarship Programs is December 15th; however deadlines for academic scholarships vary. Review the individual scholarships for more information.

For more information, new international students should contact International Admissions at (208) 426-1757 or interntl@boisestate.edu. Continuing international students should go to the International Programs web page.

What other types of financial aid are available?

Please visit Boise State’s Financial Aid site for other resources and options to finance your education.

I've earned a GED. How can I be considered for scholarships?

Unweighted high school GPA is used for all incoming applicants from regionally accredited high schools for both Boise State admission and scholarship awards. Home School students and students that completed their GED are considered based on their scores and an additional application may be required. All required admission and scholarship materials for new students must be received by Boise State Admissions by the indicated Application and Scholarship Deadlines. Scholarship award notifications will arrive within three weeks of a student’s admission to Boise State.

I'm a homeschool student. How can I be considered for scholarships?

Unweighted high school GPA is used for all incoming applicants from regionally accredited high schools for both Boise State admission and scholarship awards. Home School students and students that completed their GED are considered based on their scores and an additional application may be required. All required admission and scholarship materials for new students must be received by Boise State Admissions by the indicated Application and Scholarship Deadlines. Scholarship award notifications will arrive within three weeks of a student’s admission to Boise State.

How does a fee appeal or academic appeal impact my scholarships(s)?

If the student’s fees are refunded or waived through a fee appeal or academic appeal the scholarship(s) 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.

Is unweighted or weighted cumulative GPA used for scholarship consideration?

Scholarship decisions are based on unweighted cumulative GPA.

Why isn't my scholarship disbursing?

The earliest date that your financial aid is released is ten days prior to the start of the semester. Review our Dates and Deadlines page to determine you.

Disbursement occurs 2-3 times per week for eligible students throughout the semester.

There are several reasons your aid may be delayed. You can view your disbursement status to see if your aid is ready to release or pay your fees.

I can’t accept my scholarship in my Student Center.

Departmental awards are awarded via the Boise State Scholarship Application. You must first accept your award(s) there and then complete the thank you letter (if applicable). Donor Relations will approve the thank you letter, generally within two business days and then the award will move to accepted in your Student Center. For awards that do not require a thank letter the award will move to accepted overnight once the student accepts the award.

I was awarded a scholarship upon being accepted to Boise State and increased my GPA while attending. Can my scholarship be changed?

Scholarship decisions are made based on the data available by the deadline. Unfortunately a scholarship can not be changed or upgraded based on your academic performance at Boise State.