University of Idaho Reminds Students of Feb. 15 Priority Deadline for Financial Aid

Friday, February 4 2011


MOSCOW, Idaho – College students needing financial assistance to cover the cost of higher education for the 2011-12 academic year should submit financial aid and scholarship applications as soon as possible.

For full financial aid consideration, the University of Idaho has a priority filing date of Tuesday, Feb. 15, and its financial aid office has created an easy filing process for students.

“There are two things students need to do to apply for all scholarships and financial aid: apply for admission and complete the FAFSA,” said Dan Davenport, director of Financial Aid. “If they do those two things, they have done all they need to do to apply for scholarships and financial aid.”

The university's Application for Admission also serves as the scholarship application. Students submitting applications and supporting transcripts by the Feb.15 filing date will have full consideration for financial aid awards and scholarships.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid – or FAFSA – is accessible at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA requests income information from 2010 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.

Returning University of Idaho students planning to reapply for the federal financial aid program must use their existing PIN to access their FASFA for the 2011-12 year. These students don’t need to reapply for scholarships because they are automatically considered for the upcoming year.

Students are urged not to ignore the Feb. 15 deadline because many scholarships require students to apply by the priority date to be considered.

The university awarded more than $120 million in financial aid for the 2010-11 year, including some $25 million in scholarships, said Davenport.

For information on University of Idaho scholarships or financial aid, visit www.students.uidaho.edu/finaid or call the Financial Aid office at (208) 885-6312.
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About the University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant 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 classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu.