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Non-resident High School Student Scholarships

Homeschool students, students from non-accredited high schools, and students who have a GED, please contact the U of I Student Financial Aid Office for further information.

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Learn About WUE for Incoming Freshmen (Fall 2023)

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a tuition waiver for qualified new, first-time freshmen and transfer students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree in Fall 2022 who meet the specific criteria listed below. Instead of paying full out-of-state tuition, WUE students pay in-state tuition plus 50%, resulting in a savings of over $16,000 for the 2022-23 academic year. That’s more than $64,000 in value over the course of four years!    

This waiver is renewable for up to four years for first-year recipients with a minimum University of Idaho GPA of 2.5. For transfer students, the award is renewable up to three additional years, depending on the number of transfer credits, with a minimum University of Idaho GPA of 2.5.

WUE states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the US Pacific territories and Freely Associated States – Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, American Samoa, Marshall Islands, Federated states of Micronesia and Palau.

First Year Students: Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 

If you are:

  • A new, first-time freshman/transfer admitted to the University of Idaho
  • Pursuing your first bachelor's degree
  • A resident of a WUE participating state
  • Enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 credits)

Then, you are automatically eligible to receive the WUE waiver when filling out an application for admission. There is no separate application for the WUE waiver, and there is no deadline for completing the admission application. You receive automatic consideration upon applying.

This waiver will be available up to a total of four years by maintaining continuous, full-time enrollment and a 2.5 cumulative U of I GPA.

The Invitation to Idaho is a tuition waiver for qualified new, first-time freshmen and transfer students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree in Fall 2022 who meet the specific criteria listed below. The waiver results in savings of over $16,000 for the 2022-2023 academic year.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a new, first-time freshman admitted to the University of Idaho
  • Be pursuing your first bachelor's degree
  • Have an incoming GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be a resident of a non-WUE state or an international student
  • Be enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 credits)

There is no separate application for the Invitation to Idaho waiver. If you meet the requirements, you are automatically eligible to receive it when filling out an application for admission. There is no deadline to complete the admission application. You receive automatic consideration upon applying. 

The waiver is renewable up to four years of undergraduate enrollment for first year recipients with a 2.5 minimum University of Idaho cumulative GPA. For transfer students, the award is renewable up to three additional years, depending on the number of transfer credits, with a minimum University of Idaho GPA of 2.5.  

There is no deadline to complete the admission application and be considered for this award.

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 Idaho National Merit Scholar program guarantees a scholarship that covers university-defined educational costs for basic tuition and fees, and housing and meals in a U of I residence hall for four years to all National Merit Finalists who declare the University of Idaho as their first-choice institution.

How do I qualify for the National Merit Scholarship?

  • Achieve Finalist standing with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in your Junior year of High School through PSAT and SAT test scores. 
  • Be admitted as a first-year student entering directly from high school or home school.
  • Submit a copy of your National Merit Finalist letter to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Declare the University of Idaho as first school of choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by their deadline of May 31.

What is the Value of the National Merit Scholarship?

This award covers basic registration fees/tuition and the university-defined cost for room and board for a traditional undergraduate if you live in a U of I residence hall. Fees/tuition are set by the state board of education in April. The value of this award for the 2022-23 academic year is $18,294 for Idaho residents. For non-residents, a full non-resident tuition waiver (value $19,236) is also included. That's over $69,000 in cash scholarships plus a full non-resident tuition waiver for non-residents over four years. The best news is that the value of the scholarship increases at the same rate as costs increase.

Will the National Merit Scholarship cover all my expenses?

The fee portion of the scholarship covers basic registration/tuition fees only. You will be responsible for paying any special course and lab fees. 

Housing fees are calculated using the university-defined cost for a double room in Theophilus Tower (home to Honors Living), and a standard meal plan for a typical undergraduate. Students may choose to live in any university-managed housing; however, depending on the actual cost for housing and meals, a student may end up owing a small amount out of pocket. For example, choosing a housing option in a U of I Living Learning Community (LLC) along with the most expensive meal plan will result in a small amount due.

How do I continue to receive the National Merit Scholarship?

Maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative U of I GPA and enroll full-time each semester (a minimum of 12 credits). You may receive the award up to eight semesters.

Take advantage of external resources such as non-University of Idaho specific scholarships. It pays to search and apply. Any extra resource you bring in can help pay for the great education offered at the U of I.

Although you are automatically considered for any university-based scholarships for which you are eligible, we highly recommend that you consider additional sources of funding. Speak with your guidance counselor and check with family employers, credit unions, churches and other community organizations to see if they offer scholarships. Financial aid has a resource center located inside the financial aid office in The Pitman Center. You will find documents relating to other aid options, including a large list of outside scholarships. You may also find some of the following links helpful. 

Idaho State Sources

Military Sources

ROTC Military Scholarships

The United States Air Force, Army, and Navy offer government scholarships to students who participate in their ROTC programs.

United States Army ROTC

This program offers 3 ½ year, 3 year, 2 ½ year and 2 year on campus scholarships that will pay for in/out state tuition and fees, pay $510 for books annually, and give at least $250 per month as a stipend while in school. National three-year advance designee (3AD) scholarship recipients will receive $1,000 each semester for their first year in the program. Call: University of Idaho Army ROTC for application at 208-885-6528.

United States Air Force ROTC

This program offers scholarships to students who have at least two years remaining towards their bachelor degree when the scholarship starts. Air Force ROTC scholarship awards may be as follows: Type I: Pays tuition, books, fees, and a monthly stipend during the academic year. Type II: The same as Type I, except tuition costs are limited to $9,000 per year. Call: University of Idaho Unit Admissions Officer, AFROTC Detachment 905, at 208-885-6129 or 800-622-5088.

United State Navy/Marine ROTC

This program offers scholarships to students selected through national competition. These scholarships cover college tuition, lab fees, books, uniforms, and include a monthly stipend. Call: University of Idaho, Commanding Officer, Naval Science Department at 208-885-6333. 

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Scholarship Universe

Scholarship Universe - Scholarship Universe makes it easier to find scholarships. By answering a few questions, they are able to locate awards that match up with you. The Scholarship Universe dashboard also provides a quick and convenient way to keep up with upcoming application deadlines.

Scholarship Scam Alert

Scholarship Scam Alert - Not everyone is trying to help. Beware of requests for payment when requesting information about receiving money for education.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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