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An incoming Idaho student is defined as an individual who has earned less than 14 post high school semester credits or no college credits at the time of admittance and holds residency in Idaho.

Complete the checklist 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 list below, you will considered for the following scholarships: Presidential, Deans and True Blue Promise. A complete application includes the admissions application, transcript(s), and test scores.

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

Fall Resident Deadline: February 15
Spring Resident Deadline: October 1

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STEP 2: Complete Your FAFSA

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for the greatest number of need-based scholarships and financial aid.

Fall Priority Deadline: February 15
Spring Priority Deadline: October 1

If this deadline has passed, we still encourage you to complete the application as some financial aid may still be available. The last day a FAFSA can be submitted is June 30th.
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STEP 3: Meet the Deadline

To be considered for the following scholarships 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), and test scores.

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

Fall admits that met the February 15th deadline and met all criteria will be notified by the first week of March.
Spring admits that met the October 1st deadline and met all criteria will be notified by the end of November.

Scholarship NameRequired Cumulative Unweighted High School GPARequired Test Score ValueLength of ProgramFall DeadlineSpring Deadline
Presidential Scholarship3.90-4.0ACT 28+ or SAT 1300+$5000 per year2 years (4 semesters)February 15October 1
Dean's Scholarship3.85-4.0ACT 26+ or SAT 1230+$3000 per year2 years (4 semesters)February 15October 1
True Blue Promise3.20-4.0ACT 22+ or SAT 1100+ Eligible for Federal Pell Grant*$2000 per year4 years (8 semesters)February 15October 1

*Learn more about the Federal Pell Grant.

  • Only incoming students are considered for the Presidential, Dean’s and True Blue Promise Scholarships. Consideration is based on their admissions materials received by the scholarship deadline.
  • Additional details and renewal information.

STEP 4: Complete the Boise State Scholarship Application

You are required to complete the Boise State Scholarship Application in order to be considered for additional Department and College Scholarships.

Scholarship recipients will be 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 by February 15th.
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STEP 5: Apply for State Scholarships

Recognizing the value of postsecondary education, the State of Idaho offers a variety of scholarship options for eligible Idaho students who attend an Idaho institution, such as the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship and Idaho Opportunity for Adult Learners Scholarship.
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Early Graduation Scholarships are available for students who graduate at least one full year early.
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STEP 6: 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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Apply now for Boise State Foundation Scholarships.
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We’ve anticipated many of your questions and tried to answer them. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page if you have a specific question.
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If you are unable to find the answer, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our office hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

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