Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid

 (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens every year on October 1 for students planning on attending college the following fall.  The first step to apply for FAFSA is to get BOTH a student and parent FSA ID number.  The FSA ID box is at the top of the FAFSA website.  Once you have created a student and parent FSA ID, you can apply for FAFSA.  
Link here to FAFSA
 - Federal government application for financial aid.

Fafsa4caster - A tool that estimates your eligibility for federal aid.
Student aid- A resource center for learning about and acquiring all types of aid.
College Board CSS Profile- Financial aid for highly selective colleges- check with your schools of interest before applying.


BigFuture -
Another great site for finding scholarships and other college-bound information. 

Boise Education Foundation- ScholarshipsScholarships for students who care for older adults can be found at

College Greenlight -
Connects first generation and underrepresented students to colleges, scholarships, and other college-bound information.

Epilepsy Foundation- 
This opportunity is for high school seniors who have epilepsy and currently live in Idaho planning to attend school in Idaho. Students interested in furthering their education in trade, vocational or technical are also eligible to apply for scholarships.

Fastweb -
Search for scholarships and learn about financial aid and student loan options. 

Idaho Career Information System (CIS)-
Log in as a Guest user.  Click on the "Education" tab and "Where can I get help paying for school?"  You can then search for scholarships through Financial Aid Sort, find information on Idaho scholarships, and learn other information related to paying for college.

Next Steps Idaho
Students can sort the list of scholarships by GPA or award amount. 

PNACAC Scholarship- A $1,000 scholarship offered regionally.  For information, see

Prime Medical Alert- A $1,000 scholarship offered to students attending 2 or 4 year nursing programs.  See

Scholarship Junkies -
Scholarship Junkies helps students write powerful stories for any college application or scholarship.  Students can submit their writing and get edit assistance and feedback from former Gates Millennium, Quest, and POSSE winners for free.   There is also a scholarship search tool to help students find potential scholarships.

Student Scholarships -
Online site for national scholarship search.

State of Idaho Scholarships

Idaho Scholarships Site- State Board of Education

Idaho STARS Scholarships- Interested in seeking a degree in Early Childhood Education?  find out more at

Armed Forces/Safety Officer Scholarship -
Visit h
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Governor's Cup Scholarship
 - offered through the State Board of Education.  Merit-based scholarship requiring community service.  Visit for details. 

Opportunity Scholarship - offered through the State Board of Education.  Need-based scholarship, must apply for FAFSA and show proof of financial need.  Visit for details.

Idaho College/University Scholarship Pages

Boise State University

College of Southern Idaho -

College of Western Idaho -

College of Eastern Idaho -

Idaho State University -

Lewis-Clark State College -

North Idaho College -

University of Idaho -

Boise Boise College -

BYU Idaho -

College of Idaho -

Northwest Nazarene University -