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Important Changes in Financial Aid for 2017-18

On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process beginning with the 2017–18 application cycle. The University of Idaho is leading the way to embrace these changes and give students and parents more time to consider financial aid opportunities before making college decisions. There are two very important dates to remember for 2017-18 – on October 1, 2016 the 17-18 FAFSA becomes available, and December 1, 2016 is the new scholarship and financial aid priority application date.

Financial Aid Change Announcements

The 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) season will begin earlier than previous FAFSA application cycles. Beginning Oct. 1, 2016 students will be able to fill out the FAFSA for the 2017–18 school year. In addition, applicants will no longer need to estimate income and tax information as they will use their 2015 tax information. This will allow them to retrieve their tax data directly from the IRS beginning the first day the FAFSA is available.

(Currently the IRS Data Retrieval process in the FAFSA is not available. You can complete the income portion of the FAFSA using information from your 2015 Federal Tax Return.)

Though the University of Idaho's December 1 priority scholarship and financial aid application date has passed, many scholarships and other financial aid are still available. Submit your application for admission (new students) and your FAFSA as soon as possible for consideration of scholarships and other types of financial aid. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will know what scholarships and financial aid awards you qualify for.

Applying for merit-based scholarships and financial aid at the University of Idaho is simple.

New Students
1. Complete your application, and send your transcripts and test scores to the university. You will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships. That’s it! No additional application is required.
2. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for need-based scholarships and federal financial aid.

Continuing Students
1. You are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. No separate applications are required.
2. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for need-based scholarships and federal financial aid.

Completing the FAFSA earlier provides students the opportunity for scholarship and financial aid award notices earlier.

Newly admitted students who meet the December 1 priority date will begin receiving scholarship and other financial aid award notices prior to January 1.

Current students will begin receiving award notices prior to March 15.

Student Financial Aid Services

Physical Address:

Bruce M. Pitman Center
Room 101

709 Deakin Avenue
Moscow, ID 83844

Mailing Address:
Student Financial Aid Office
875 Perimeter Dr
MS 4291
Moscow, ID 83844-4291

finaid@uidaho.edu

Phone: 208-885-6312

Fax: 208-885-5592