Beginning January 1, file your FAFSA by our priority date of February 15 for opportunities for additional financial aid.


Student Financial Aid Services
Phone: (208) 885-6312
Toll Free: (888) 884-3246
Fax: (208) 885-5592
Student Union Building 101
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Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr MS 4291
Moscow, ID 83844-4291
Summer Office Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
National Merit Scholarships - Paying for Achieving

National Merit Scholars

The University of Idaho is a first choice for aspiring leaders from around the U.S. In fact, we are a leader among schools in the Northwest and enroll more National Merit Scholars than all Idaho institutions combined.

The National Merit Scholar program guarantees a full-ride scholarship that covers university-defined educational costs for basic tuition and fees, room and board for four years. 

Idaho National Merit Scholars

  • Freshmen direct from high school or home school (resident or non-resident)
  • Apply for admission to the University of Idaho by February 15th 
  • Achieve Finalist standing with National Merit Scholarship Corporation
  • Declare the University of Idaho as first school of choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation  by their April deadline
  • Submit a copy of your National Merit Finalist letter to the Financial Aid Office
  • Renewable for three additional years with minimum 3.3 University of Idaho GPA