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Non-resident Transfer Student Scholarships

Transfer students are students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree and have 14 or more semester credits (21 quarter credits) completed after high school.

U of I’s Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholars Program gives qualifying 2023-2024 first-time freshmen and transfer applicants’ higher scholarship awards. WUE awards are tuition waivers that reduce a U of I student’s overall cost of attendance.   

Eligible out-of-state students will receive an additional $1,000 or $2,000 tuition waiver if their unweighted high school (or transfer) GPA is above 3.0. These amounts are on top of the total current standard WUE tuition savings offered at more than $16,000 per academic year. 

Discover Your Scholarship Potential!

Students are automatically considered for a WUE Scholars Award when they apply for admissions and are admitted. There is no deadline.

3.75 - 4.0 GPA WUE Scholars | +$2,000  |  Over $18,000 total  
3.0 - 3.749 GPA WUE Scholars | +$1,000  |  Over $17,000 total 
< 3.0 GPA Standard WUE | Over $16,000 total

WUE students pay 150 percent of Idaho in-state tuition and are not charged out-of-state tuition.

To Qualify 

  • New, first-time freshman/transfer student admitted to U of I.
  • Unweighted GPA above 3.0 (to receive a WUE award plus a merit-based increase of $1,000 or $2,000 in tuition savings).
  • Pursuing your first bachelor's degree.
  • Resident of a WUE participating state including:

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Palau, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Important Details 

  • Available a total of four years (for freshman) and three years (for transfers).
  • Continuous, full-time enrollment required (minimum 12 U of I credits per term). 
  • Cumulative 2.5 U of I GPA required for renewals.
  • Award recipients cannot simultaneously receive the Go Idaho! Scholarship or Invitation to Idaho tuition waiver.
  • In-person coursework is required for award eligibility; students who pursue their degree 100% online (or take all courses in one term online) are not eligible for WUE support during the period of virtual attendance.  

Get Help! 

For Admissions-specific assistance, visit the U of I Admissions Page .
For questions about the WUE Scholars Program, contact the financial aid office.    
Review the WUE FAQ.

 

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.

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. 

Military Sources

The United States Air Force, Army, and Navy offer a suite of government scholarships to students who participate in their ROTC programs. For more information and details, contact U of I’s Military and Veteran Services Office

Search Engines

ScholarshipUniverse

ScholarshipUniverse - ScholarshipUniverse makes it easier to find scholarships. By answering a few questions, they are able to locate awards that match up with you. The ScholarshipUniverse 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