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Money Matters

Use this page for quick access to campus resources, important dates, and costs of attending college. Also find tips for budgeting, filling the gap, planning, and other guidance and instruction.

Download printable Money Matters Brochure (pdf)

Access New Student Orientation Checklist

Last-Minute Financial Guidance for Parents of New College Students

One-on-one confidential guidance and support related to personal finance matters

  • Review the management of your student account.
  • Use of student loans and scholarships.
  • Basic money skills including money personality, financial goal setting,
    developing a spending plan (budgeting), and building credit.

Access Money Matters 1:1 Sessions

Campus Resources

The Info Desk
Student Union Building, Information Desk,
(208) 426-INFO (4636)

What They Do:

  • Issue official student identification cards (Bronco Card)
  • Support card services (meal plans, flex dollars, Bronco Bucks, printing dollars and facility use

Bronco Shop
Boise State University Bronco Shop,
Student Union Building,
(208) 426-BOOK (2665)

What They Do:

  • Assist students in purchasing textbooks and course materials
  • Provide school supplies, art products and apparel
  • Offer buy-back services up to 50% off

Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
Administration Building Room 113
(208) 426-1664

What They Do:

  • Process and release financial aid and scholarships
  • Assist with questions about financial challenges, eligibility, borrowing,
    budgeting, etc.

Career Center
Boulder Hall, Room 111
(208) 426-1747

What They Do:

  • Student jobs, internships, and experiential learning opportunities
  • Career counseling and job search advising
  • Development of online presence, resumes, and interviewing skills

Office of the Dean of Students
Campus School
(208) 426-1527

What They Do:

  • Scholarship workshops
  • Short-term emergency funding
  • Individual support during financial hardship
  • Food pantry
  • Meal assistance program

Dining Services
Student Union Building, Information Desk,
(208) 426-INFO (4636)

What They Do:

  • Provide food options across campus
  • Issue meal plans
  • Offer dietitian consultations (nutrition, dietary needs / allergies)

Housing and Residence Life
Chaffee Hall,
(208) 447-1001

What They Do:

  • Provide on-campus housing for students

Student Financial Services
Administration Building Room 101
(208) 426-2134
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What They Do:

  • Process student tuition and accept payment toward fee charges
  • Tuition and fee payment plans
  • Short-term loans
  • Process refunds
  • Financial responsibility agreements

Transportation and Parking on Campus
Student Union Building, Transit Center,
(208) 426-PARK (7275)

What They Do:

  • Provide information on Bronco Shuttle, Cycle Learning Center and Boise Green Bike.
  • Free Valley Ride bus sticker with student I.D.
  • Issue parking permits
  • Provide education toward parking citations

Important Dates for Fall 2021

  • July 1 – Work Study awarded students may begin
  • Aug 6 – Finalize schedule for Financial Aid
  • Aug 13 – Financial Aid disbursement
  • Aug 18-19 – Move-in Day
  • Aug 21 – Fee Payment Deadline or IPay enrollment
  • Aug 23 – Classes begin
  • Sept 3 – Last day to add or drop without a Withdraw (“W”) and receive refund; Financial Aid census date – Pell eligibility;  Last day to submit residency request
  • Oct 1 – FAFSA application for 2022-23 opens Deadline for spring 2022 scholarships
  • Oct 29 – Last day to completely withdraw
  • Nov 1 – Spring registration begins

Important Dates for Spring 2022

  • Dec 27 – Finalize schedule for Financial Aid
  • Jan 3 – Financial Aid disbursement
  • Jan 8 – Housing check-in; Fee Payment Deadline or IPAY enrollment
  • Jan 10 – Classes begin
  • Jan 24 – Last day to add or drop without a Withdraw “W” and receive refund; Financial Aid census; Last day to submit residency request
  • Feb 16 – Summer registration
  • March 18 – Last day to completely withdraw

Costs of Attending College

Estimated on-campus cost of attendance (COA) 2021-2022 for undergraduates


CostOne SemesterFull Year
Tuition and Fees$4,030$8,060


CostOne SemesterFull Year
Tuition and Fees$12,490$24,890

Budgeting for Costs

Note: Bottom Line Estimator provides an estimate of expected costs.

Our Bottom Line Estimator can help you calculate if you will owe money or receive a refund after receiving financial aid for the semester. The estimator allows you to enter your housing choices, enrollment, and individual information, then automatically subtracts the financial aid you are scheduled
to receive.

To access the Bottom Line Estimator

  1. Log in at
  2. Choose “Bottom Line Estimator” from the My Account tab or type “estimator” in the Services search box (add it as a resource for easy access in the future).
  3. Make sure you understand the benefits and limitations of the estimator before you continue by signing the disclaimer.
  4. Enter information about your enrollment, housing, additional costs and fees. The final summary shows if you have an owing balance after financial aid, or if you will receive a refund.
Sticky note of direct costs
Direct costs include: tuition and fees, room and board, and books and supplies
Sticky note of indirect costs
Indirect costs include: personal expenses, transportation, and entertainment

Filling the Gap

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Review your scholarship options at Boise State Scholarships
  • Remember to apply for scholarships each year. Most applications open late fall with early spring deadlines for the next academic year.

Student Employment

Boise State Handshake

  • Search for part-time jobs on and off campus, internships, and post-graduation career positions.
  • Schedule career counseling and job search advising appointments.

Parent PLUS Loans

Boise State Financial Aid Parent PLUS Loans

  • The Federal Direct Loan program Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is an option if the student’s financial aid and other family resources are unable to cover
    all costs of a college education.
  • Payments on the principal loan amount may be deferred as long as the student is enrolled at least half-time.
  • A review of parent’s eligibility is conducted. If denied, it is possible for the student to request an additional unsubsidized loan that is available to independent students.
    Apply online at

Alternative Student Loans

  • Alternative student loans are provided by private lenders and may be used to bridge the gap between your federal aid and the cost of attendance. Boise State does not endorse specific lenders and will process loans from any other loan lender. Be sure you have fully explored all federal funding options.

How to Plan

Payment Plan Options

Payments made with a debit or credit card will incur a 2.85% convenience fee.

University Fees Payment Plan

Available if you have at least 2 billable credits.

Enroll through your Student Center online. A $30 nonrefundable application fee will be charged to use the plan. Search: Boise State Payments

University Fees Payments due

Aug 25, Sept 25, Oct 25, Jan 25, Feb 25, March 25

Housing and Meal Payment Plan

Automatically enrolled in payment plan. (No service fee).

Housing and Meal Payments due

July 25, Aug 25, Sept 25, Oct 25th, Nov 25, Dec 25, Jan 25, Feb 25, March 25, April 25

Risk & Guidance and Instruction

Reduce Your Risk

Practice social distancing by limiting paper exchange and in-person interactions.

Make your payment through your student account online via electronic check with no convenience fee or debit/credit card with a 2.85% convenience fee.

You may mail or drop-off your check or money order (no cash payments) to 1910 University Ave, Admin 101, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725-1246.


Guidance and Instruction

Financial Wellness Program (free)

Financial Wellness Program

  • One-on-one and group support designed to help students minimize debt, alleviate stress and foster a healthy relationship with money.

Bronco Ready Course (free)

Bronco Ready

  • All new Boise State students are invited to complete an online, self-paced course called Bronco Ready to earn one credit.
  • Parents can log in too! Look for the “Manage Money Matters” module all about finances.

Personal Finance COID 210

Boise State College of Business and Design Bridge to Career

  • This two-credit course through the College of Innovation and Design teaches students to master personal finances like credit, taxes, insurance and retirement funds. Topics like investing, entrepreneurship, budgeting and paying off debt are also covered.