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Student Financial Aid Services


Phone: (208) 885-6312

Toll Free: (888) 884-3246

Fax: (208) 885-5592

Bruce M. Pitman Center 101

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Mailing Address:

875 Perimeter Dr MS 4291

Moscow, ID 83844-4291

Office Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Scholarship FAQ's

  • How do I apply for scholarships?

    For merit-based scholarships, submit a complete admission application before February 15 (including fee, transcripts, test scores) to be automatically considered.  No separate applications are required.

    To maximize your options and also be considered for need-based scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans, submit a FAFSA between January 1 and February 15.

  • What kind of scholarships do you have at the University of Idaho?

    Guaranteed programs with three levels of funding: Platinum, Gold and Silver (Go Idaho for Idaho residents, Discover Idaho for out-of-state residents)

    1. Based on GPA and test scores for first year students from a regionally accredited high school
    2. Based on test scores for first year home-school or non-accredited high school students
    3. Based on transfer GPA for transfer students who have completed 14 or more semester or 21 quarter credits after high school graduation
    4. Go Idaho levels of funding=Platinum $4000, Gold $3000, Silver $1500.  If you qualify for one of these programs you are guaranteed to receive that level of funding in a combination of university scholarships.
    5. Discover Idaho levels of funding=Platinum $8000, Gold $6000, Silver $2500.  If you qualify for these programs you are guaranteed to receive that level of funding in a non-resident tuition waiver that will be applied toward the amount of non-resident tuition you are charged.  This is not a cash award that can be applied toward other expenses, e.g. if your non-resident tuition is being paid through a military ROTC program then the Discover Idaho award will be canceled (we cannot waive tuition that is not being charged.)

    College/departmental scholarships - last year we awarded over $6 million in over 1200 individual general, college and departmental scholarships to more than 4400 students.  Some of these funds will be included in the combination of scholarships for the Go Idaho programs, however all admitted new and continuing students are automatically considered; no separate applications are required.

  • How do my GPA or test scores affect my scholarships?
    We use the un-weighted HS GPA.  Why? A weighted GPA is not considered because there are no national or state standards for weighting GPA’s. 

    Students who pursue more difficult classes in high school are typically much better prepared for college coursework.   In some cases, AP classes in high school will satisfy introductory class requirements here at the University of Idaho.  Several of those classes could potentially add up and save all or part of a semester.  Information about AP classes is available on the UI Registrar’s website at http://www.uidaho.edu/registrar/transfer/ap.

    We use the highest test score, HS GPA, or Transfer GPA received by our admissions office.

    If the improved GPA/test score qualifies you for a higher level of funding, then we will adjust your award to the new level upon receipt of your final official documentation.

  • What if I have a new Go Idaho or Discover Idaho and my final incoming GPA drops?
    We will not reduce your current award level based on final HS or college transfer transcripts.  Once you are here, the Go Idaho/Discover Idaho programs do require maintaining a minimum UI cumulative GPA to be renewed.
  • Are all UI scholarships renewable?

    Our premier, guaranteed, Go Idaho/Discover Idaho programs are renewable with a minimum 2.8 cumulative UI GPA and continuous enrollment in 12 or more credits each semester.  First year student awards are renewable up to 3 additional years, and transfer student awards are renewable for an additional  3-4  years depending on the number of transfer credits.

    Most other UI scholarships are not automatically renewable but you will continue to be considered for any scholarships that you are eligible to receive.

  • Is UI a WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) school?

    Yes, the University of Idaho participates in the WUE program by offering the WUE fee rate to a limited number of students in specific programs including Diversity, National Merit Scholars, Performing Arts, and the University Honors Program.

    Apply for admission by February 15 to be considered for WUE.