Scholarships and Financial Aid Application Date Quickly Approaching

Tuesday, January 13 2009


Jan. 13, 2009 University of Idaho Priority Consideration Filing Date is Feb. 15 MOSCOW, Idaho – Students looking for help with college costs in the 2009-10 academic year should start the application process for scholarships and financial aid now. The University of Idaho has made the application process simple for new students. If students complete two steps, the university's Financial Aid Office will do the rest of the work for them. “We are committed to providing a simple, yet comprehensive, process for our new students interested in applying for scholarships and financial aid,” said Dan Davenport, director of Admissions and Financial Aid. “If students follow these two simple steps, we assure them they will be considered for all scholarships and financial aid that is available at the university.” First, new students should complete the Application for Admission and supply all supporting documentation, such as transcripts and test scores. Information should be received at the institution by Feb. 15 for full consideration. The Application for Admission also serves as the scholarship application. Second, new students should complete the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, for full consideration of the different federal financial aid programs. The FAFSA should be received at the federal processor by 9 p.m. on Feb. 15. Students with applications submitted by Feb. 15 will have the best opportunity to receive scholarships and other types of financial aid. "Some of the university's special scholarships, including the Go Idaho!, Transfer Idaho and National Merit program scholarships, now require students to apply for admission by Feb.15 to be considered," said Davenport. "These programs guarantee scholarships to students who meet a minimum criteria. We urge students not to pass up free money by ignoring this deadline." The University of Idaho awarded some $23 million in scholarships and provided another $60 million in other financial aid in 2008-09, according to Davenport. Current University of Idaho students can reapply for financial aid using an existing PIN to access a 2009-10 FAFSA, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov .To retrieve a missing PIN or request a new one, visit www.pin.ed.gov. Current students are automatically considered for all scholarships so are not required to complete and additional scholarship application. The FAFSA requests income information from 2008 tax filings. If current tax returns are not completed, students should provide estimated incomes on the FAFSA, file by the Feb. 15 priority date and make a correction to the FAFSA with actual figures when available. This will ensure consideration of applications for all available aid programs, even those with limited funding. The University of Idaho's Student Financial Aid Services staff is available to assist students with diverse financial aid needs. For more information about scholarships and financial aid, including a quick link to the FAFSA, visit www.students.uidaho.edu/finaid.
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About the University of Idaho Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu. Contact: Joni Kirk, University Communications, (208) 885-7725, joni@uidaho.edu



About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.