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 to Boise State and in most cases your completion of the Free Application for Federal student Aid (FAFSA). To be considered for academic scholarships please complete the Boise State Scholarship Application. Notification of scholarship awards will begin in mid-March.

What type of awards are available to nonresident students?

Boise State offers a variety of merit-based tuition assistance programs and scholarships for our nonresident students. To meet the deadline for merit-based assistance programs all admission materials for new and transfer students must be received in the Admissions Office by December 15th. To be considered for academic scholarships please complete the Boise State Scholarship Application by February 15th.

Please refer to our Scholarships Details and Renewal Page for more information and eligibility terms.

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 have met the deadline and awards scholarships on a space available basis. Those students admitted after December 15th will not be considered for nonresident scholarships. Award notifications are sent approximately three weeks after you are admitted (through December 15th).

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

What happens if I miss the filing date of February 15th for resident scholarships?

Boise State gives priority to students that have met the deadline and awards scholarships on a space available basis. Idaho students admitted after February 15th will not have priority consideration for resident scholarships. Award notifications are sent approximately three weeks after you are admitted (through February 15th).

Students are considered for the Presidential, Dean’s, and 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 automatically considered for the Presidential, Dean’s, and True Blue Promise if they did not receive it during their first semester

What if I miss the Boise State Scholarship Application deadline?

The Boise State Scholarship Application must be submitted by February 15th. 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 need to defer my attendance for medical reasons, military deployment, church service, or other selected reasons. What will happen to my scholarships?

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 attend at least one full-time semester prior to his or her departure and meet the minimum criteria for renewal of his or her scholarship(s) during the semester(s) he or she attends 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 letter, prior to leaving Boise State, requesting the scholarship be held for a specified period of time. The letter must include when the student is leaving, when he or she plans 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 remaining scholarship funds. The letter should be submitted to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office in the Administration Building Room 113 or by email scholarships@boisestate.edu.

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.

Does Boise State offer scholarships for Study Abroad Programs?

Yes! Applications and information about education abroad scholarships are available here. :International Learning Opportunities staff are happy to consult with students about their applications for study abroad scholarships. Please contact Global Learning Opportunities for more information 208-426-2630.

What type of awards are available to graduate students?

Graduate students are eligible for many awards such as the Graduate Gem scholarship as well as certain Departmental/College scholarships. Not all departments award scholarships to graduate students, therefore we advise students to contact their department to discuss scholarship options. Visit the Graduate School website.

Should I pay someone to search for scholarships for me?

No. You should never pay money to find a scholarship. Free web searches are your best option. Please refer to our National Scholarship Search.

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.