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Scholarships for New Incoming Non-Residents

A New Incoming (first-time) Non-Resident is a student who is a resident from a state other than Idaho and has never attended college after high school.



Get Admitted by the Deadline

Fall entry: July 1st

Spring entry: November 1st

Your application for admission to ISU serves as your "scholarship application".  As a nonresident freshmen you are considered for the Nonresident Tuition Waiver and/or the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) waiver.  Please click here for more information.


The following admissions documents must be received by this deadline to be considered for automatic scholarships:

  • Completed Application for Admission, including a paid application fee
  • Official high school transcripts (6 to 7 semester transcript will be sufficient for scholarship consideration). Students will need to have a final transcript sent to the Admissions Office upon High School graduation for completion of the admissions process
  • ACT or SAT required for Non-Idaho Residents who are homeschooled and for students from non-accredited high schools.




Complete the FAFSA

Some scholarship awarding is based on demonstrated financial need. To be considered for any need-based awards, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the appropriate year.

We encourage students to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible.

If you need assistance with the FAFSA.gov, please contact the ISU Financial Aid Office at (208) 282-2756.




Complete the Honors Application if Applicable

Please click on the "HONORS" button to get more information about Honors eligibility and deadlines.



Apply for Additional Scholarships

Log into the Bengal Online Scholaship System (BOSS) starting January for fall admittance or October for spring admittance to apply for additional scholarships at ISU.


Apply for Outside/External Scholarships

Browse the external scholarship list in BOSS more opportunities.

Also visit the National Scholarship Search Databse.

Remember, you should never pay to apply to a scholarship. Do not provide your SSN#. Be cautious of scams. 

Call our Scholarship Office if you have questions. (208) 282-3315.