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A graduate student is defined as an individual that has completed an undergraduate degree and is pursuing a Master’s or Doctorate degree.

Complete the scholarship checklist below to maximize your funding opportunities.

STEP 1: Apply for Admissions

Students must be admitted as degree-seeking to be considered for scholarships. Click below to begin the admission process. If you have already been admitted, welcome!

Recommended Fall 2022 Priority Application Deadline: January 15
Recommended Spring 2023 Priority Application Deadline: October 15

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STEP 2: 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) is now open for the 2022-2023 academic year. The last day to submit the FAFSA for the 2022-2023 academic year is June 30, 2022, 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 3: 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 4: Other Funding Opportunities

The merit-based Gem Scholarship for graduate students waives non-resident tuition for out-of-state and international graduate students with an overall GPA of at least 3.30 who are accepted into an eligible graduate degree program. Qualified students who attended Boise State as an undergraduate are eligible for a Gem Scholarship, even if they received Gem support as an undergraduate.

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Maximize your scholarship opportunities by applying for Private Funds.
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Funding is available as department assistantships, internal and external fellowships, scholarships, grants and federal loans.
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Eligibility for the Graduate Gem Scholarship:

  • Have a permanent residence outside the State of Idaho (both international students and US citizens are eligible).
  • Have a GPA as an undergraduate of 3.30 or higher.
  • Be accepted into an eligible graduate degree program. For a list of ineligible majors visit the Ineligible Majors webpage.
  • Graduate Merit-Based Gem Scholarships are awarded to eligible students. If you receive a Graduate Assistantship with a tuition waiver, you will no longer be eligible for the Graduate Merit-Based Gem Scholarship and it will be replaced by the Graduate Assistantship. Your Graduate Assistantship will also cover your non-resident tuition and fees.
  • Students will not be considered for the Graduate Gem Scholarship if applying ONLY to a certificate program.

Additional Information:

If you are awarded the Gem Scholarship, you are still responsible for resident fees; this represents a savings of approximately $16,920/year. Current information on tuition and fee costs at Boise State University can be found at the University Tuition & Fees page.


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