Financial aid is help for meeting college costs: both direct educational costs (such as tuition, fees, books, etc.) and personal living expenses (such as food, housing, and transportation). Each year thousands of students attending our university rely upon student assistance funds to meet some of their college costs. The majority of our students rely upon student assistance programs which are managed by the Financial Aid Office and whose sources of funds are from the federal and state governments.
Major financial aid programs available through the Financial Aid Office include the following: FEDERAL COLLEGE WORK STUDY; FEDERAL PERKINS LOAN; SPECIAL NON-RESIDENT WAIVERS; STATE STUDENT INCENTIVE GRANTS; FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANTS; FEDERAL PELL GRANTS; FEDERAL STAFFORD LOANS; FEDERAL PARENT LOANS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS; and FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL LOANS FOR STUDENTS.
The application form used for financial aid programs through the Financial Aid Office is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will cover an application period for a school year and summer session. For example, to apply for financial aid for the School Year 1993-94 and/or Summer Session 1994, a student needs to complete the FAFSA for the School Year 1993-94. Students are encouraged to file a FAFSA as early in February as possible for the subsequent school year and/or summer session.
Financial aid counselors are available to discuss students concerns related to financial aid. The Financial Aid staff will describe the types of financial assistance available and will assist students with the application process. Financial aid counselors can also assist students in determining the cost of attendance, how to manage money while in school, and how to identify alternative sources of funding. The Financial Aid Office also assists students in locating part-time jobs funded by the Federal College Work Study Program.
Students must meet certain conditions in order to receive federal financial assistance through Idaho State University. The general conditions include the following: demonstration of financial need; admission and enrollment as a degree seeking student in a course of study leading to a degree or certificate; enrollment as a fulltime (at least 12 credits per semester) three quarter time (9-11 credits per semester or halftime (6-8 credits per semester) student; maintain satisfactory academic progress; be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen; and not owe a refund or repayment on Title IV grants or be in default or delinquent on Title IV loans.
To obtain more specific information, contact the Financial Aid Office, Room 337, Museum Building, Campus Box 8077, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID 83209-8007, (208) 236-2756.