Frequently Asked Questions

Scholarship Q & A


Q.

Can I still receive my academic scholarship if I don’t turn in a FAFSA?

The FAFSA is only required for consideration of General scholarships. If you do not fill out a FAFSA, you are still eligible to receive any Academic, Talent, Leadership, or Merit scholarships you are awarded.



Q.

I didn’t know the FAFSA had to be turned in by March 1st. Can I still be considered for scholarships if I turn it in late?

Students must have all required information submitted by the March 1st deadline; this includes the FAFSA, student’s high school information, and any other updates to a student’s account that may affect eligibility. The requirements to be evaluated for BYU-Idaho scholarships are listed on the BYU-Idaho Financial Aid website year-round and can be viewed at any time.  Students are responsible for knowing the deadline and submitting their application accordingly.



Q.

I missed the scholarship application because I didn’t know about the deadline. I am not a recently admitted student or recently returned missionary. Can I still be considered?

Students are not eligible for a late application exception unless they were admitted to the or returned from a mission after the deadline. BYU-Idaho’s Financial Aid office makes an effort to ensure that all students are aware of the March 1st deadline. Students are responsible for knowing the deadline and submitting their application accordingly.



Q.

It is not my last semester but I am splitting my last two semester’s worth of credits. Can I get a prorated award for both of my semesters?

Students are only eligible to receive a last semester prorated scholarship in their very final semester, not their last two. This means they cannot have any semesters following the semester they wish to prorate, including internships and student teaching.



Q.

Can my scholarship be deferred for medical concerns?

Scholarships can only be deferred if the student is leaving school to serve a full-time LDS mission.



Q.

If I am going on an internship during my on-track, can I move my scholarship to my off-track?

Scholarships cannot be moved between, added to, or combined with different semesters. Scholarships are awarded based on the information provided on the scholarship application at the time of evaluation. Any changes made to a student’s plan of attendance will not be applied to their scholarship consideration.

 



Q.

If my High School GPA is higher at the end of the year can you increase my award?

Students are evaluated for scholarships based on the information provided at the time of evaluation (March 1). Any changes to a student’s ACT score after that deadline will not be taken into consideration.



Q.

If I re-take the ACT and get a higher score, can you increase my freshman award?

Students are evaluated for scholarships based on the information provided at the time of evaluation (March 1). Any changes to a student’s ACT score after that deadline will not be taken into consideration.



Q.

I now have a sufficient GPA to qualify for an academic scholarship. How can I get that new award?

Students are evaluated for scholarships on a yearly basis, not by semester. This means GPA’s updated or increased after the application deadline will not change a student’s eligibility for that year. However, it may affect the following year’s scholarship award as long as the student’s scholarship application is submitted by the next application deadline.



Q.

How come my (sibling/friend/etc.) is getting a larger scholarship than I am? We are in similar financial situations.

Scholarships are determined from many forms of information. A student’s household size, FAFSA information, and answers to application questions are taken into consideration. While it may appear that someone has a similar situation to you, there could be underlying factors that cause the awards to be different.



Q.

: I am married now, but I wasn’t when I filled out the application. Can I resubmit the application to reflect my new status?

Students are evaluated for scholarships based on the information provided at the time of evaluation (March 1). Any changes to a student’s situation that occur after the deadline cannot be applied to the student’s scholarship application.



Q.

If I have an override and am attending during my off-track, can I get my scholarship during that semester too?

If you indicated on the scholarship application that you would be attending during your off-track, you will be awarded for that semester. Students can only be awarded for the semesters they select on the scholarship application, except for Freshman Academic awards, which can only be added to a student’s assigned track. Applications cannot be adjusted after the deadline.



Q.

I don’t qualify for Federal Aid through the FAFSA since my parents make too much money. Do I still have to turn in a FAFSA to be considered for scholarships?

Students who might not qualify for Federal Aid could still be eligible for BYU-Idaho scholarships. We suggest filling out the FAFSA even if you think you may not qualify.