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An incoming nonresident 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 a state other than Idaho.

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. 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: Alpine, Payette, 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 2022 Deadline: December 15
Nonresident Spring 2023 Deadline: October 1

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STEP 2: Meet the Deadline

No additional application 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 2022-23 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
Alpine*Must have an eligible major.3.20-3.49$2,000 per year 4 years (8 semesters)December 15October 1242.50
Payette*Must have an eligible major.3.50-4.0$8,000 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~$14,661 per year4 years (8 semesters)December 15October 1243.00
  • Only incoming students are considered for the Alpine, Payette, 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 declared an eligible major. Ineligible majors for the Alpine and Payette awards include Nursing, Pre-Nursing, Radiological Science, Pre-Radiological Science, Alternative Fee Programs, and fully online programs. 
  • *Students must have declared an eligible major. Ineligible majors for the WUE award include 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, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI), Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federal States of Micronesia.
  • WUE scholarship recipients cannot count time in the WUE program towards establishing Idaho residency. Learn more about Idaho residency here.
  • 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 and fees do not count in the required 12 credit total 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). If you are a one-semester recipient (fall or spring only) you must successfully complete at least 12 credits.
  • Current information on tuition and fee costs at Boise State University can be found on the University Tuition & Fees page.
  • Courses that were repeated within the same academic year may impact the credit completion requirement. To learn more about repeated credits visit the Repeated Credits webpage.
  • Please make yourself familiar with the Scholarship Policies for additional details.

STEP 3: Complete the FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to be considered for the greatest number of need-based scholarships and federal financial aid. If you don’t want to be considered for federal student aid or need-based scholarships, proceed to the next step.

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 FAFSA4caster, once completed email the confirmation page to with your student identification number.

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

If the 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 30.

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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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