About Financial Aid
The BYU-Idaho Financial Aid Office is here to help you understand your financial aid options, process your financial aid, and release your funds to the BYU-Idaho Bursar’s Office. The Bursar’s Office then applies the funds to any charges on your student account and releases any remaining funds to you. Financial aid encompasses all financial resources (i.e. federal grants, student loans, scholarships, etc.)
We want to help you; whether you’re a new freshman, a transfer student, or a continuing student; you can easily understand the financial aid options available for you.
How can I use financial aid money?
Financial aid funds are to be used for educational expenses.
Intended uses: (not a complete list)
- Tuition and class based fees
- Books and school supplies
- Outstanding school balances
- Living expenses
*Certain financial aid awards, such as some private scholarships, have requirements limiting their use to cover tuition only.
What if I have questions?
Our financial aid counselors are available to answer your questions, educate you about financial aid opportunities, and help you through the financial aid process.
Financial Aid Counselors are available on Mondays-Friday from 8am-5pm.
Students may contact a Financial Aid Counselor over the phone, by email, or in person at the Financial Aid Office in Kimball 100.
Contact the Financial Aid Office
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm*
Tuesday - closed for Devotional
1:55 pm - 3:05 pm
Thursday - closed for Forum
1:55 pm - 3:05 pm
*Walk-in counseling appointments are not available after 4:45 pm
Live Chat Hours
7AM - 7PM
100 Kimball Building 1610
Rexburg, ID 83460
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA determines your eligibility for federal aid, which includes Pell Grants and federal student loans. In order to be considered for any federal aid, you must fill out the FAFSA and any additional documents requested to verify your information. For information on eligibility of non-U.S. citizens, please click here. If you are a Pathway student, please click here.About the FAFSA
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA determines your eligibility for federal aid, which includes Pell Grants and federal student loans. In order to be considered for any federal aid, you must fill out the FAFSA and any additional documents requested to verify your information.
The FAFSA needs to be submitted at least three months before you start school each academic year in order to receive funds by the tuition payment deadline.
Steps to filling out the FAFSA:
- Go to the FAFSA website to fill out and submit the FAFSA.
- Wait one week and check your Document Tracking for any additional requested documents.
- Complete any necessary documents and turn them in to the Student Financial Aid Office.
- Check your Financial Aid Awards section and your BYU-I email for notification of awards.
Federal Pell Grant funds are awarded to degree-seeking students based on financial need. Need is determined by the information you provide on your FAFSA.
Pell Grant funds do not need to be repaid. Pell Grant amounts are limited to the monetary equivalent of two full-time semesters (on or off track). Federal Aid awards are only valid for one academic year. A new FAFSA must be completed every year.
Federal Student Loans
A loan is money you may borrow to help pay for college; these funds must be repaid. In order to qualify for a federal student loan, you must fill out the FAFSA. Loans are valid for one academic year.
The accepted loan amount is generally split between your two on-track semesters. There are two types of loans awarded through the FAFSA – direct subsidized and direct unsubsidized. You will need to re-apply every academic year by completing a new FAFSA.
BYU-Idaho offers scholarships for degree-seeking, on-campus students through the scholarship application. (BYUI scholarships are not currently available to online or Pathway students.) Scholarship eligibility is based on your financial need, academic achievements, and other qualifying characteristics.BYUI Scholarships
The 2016-2017 BYUI Scholarship Application (Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016) will be open until April 15, 2016.
If you were admitted or returned from your mission after the April 15th deadline, you can still be considered for scholarships. The application(s) can be accessed here:
If you are unable to access the application(s) using this link, please email your request to our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be eligible for scholarships through BYU-Idaho, you must fill out the BYU-Idaho Scholarship Application. There is no automatic consideration for scholarships; all university scholarships (with the exception
of Talent and Leadership Scholarships) require the completion of this application. The BYU-Idaho Scholarship Application is available starting in October each year and closing in April.
BYUI Scholarships are awarded for one academic year and require an enrollment of 14 credits. Awards will be made based on your track assignment at the time the award is made. The maximum amount a student can receive each semester in university scholarships is full LDS tuition.
Your application information along with your GPA, major, credits earned, etc. will be compared to the criteria of all available scholarships offered through the scholarship application. Your award could possibly include an Academic Scholarship, a General BYU-Idaho Scholarship, or both. You will be notified if you receive any awards through your BYU-Idaho email account.
In order to keep your scholarship(s), you must be enrolled in at least 14 credits on the last day to drop classes without receiving a W grade. This date, which usually falls around the third week of each semester, is referred to as the Financial Aid Determination Date (FADD). It is your responsibility to be aware of the FADD each semester, as well as the 14 credit requirement.
- Meet the basic requirements of the general scholarships.
- Other factors considered may include:
- financial need
- involvement in extracurricular activities
- You are encouraged to do all you can to pay for your education independently. Working, saving, living frugally and sacrificing unnecessary things, etc. are ways of becoming self-reliant.
Students who receive a General BYU-Idaho scholarship may be required to submit a Thank You Letter. These letters are given to the generous donors who contribute these scholarships to BYU-Idaho. Awards will not be disbursed to the student until a valid Thank You Letter has been received by the Student Financial Aid Office.
Please send all questions for the BYU-Idaho Scholarship Application to email@example.com. Each award is only valid for one academic year and will be disbursed during the semesters that you have indicated on the scholarship application. Please note that the maximum amount a student can receive each semester in university scholarships is full LDS tuition.Requirements for General Scholarships:
- Complete the BYU-Idaho Scholarship Application.
- Complete the FAFSA
- Be enrolled for at least 14 credits during the semester the award is received.
- You must be enrolled in 14 credits by the Financial Aid Determination Date each semester (See Deadlines for specific date).
- You must be enrolled in the correct amount of credits by the Financial Aid Determination Date each semester (See Deadlines for specific date).
- You must have no more than 139 earned credits at the time of evaluation and be meeting the Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements of a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and completion of at least 67% of all attempted classes.
Academic Scholarships for Freshmen
Academic scholarships are awarded for one academic year (two semesters) for either quarter, half or full LDS tuition. Please note that the maximum amount a student can receive each semester in university scholarships is full tuition.
To be considered for a BYU-Idaho Freshmen Academic Scholarship you must:
- Complete the BYU-Idaho scholarship application
- Be a freshman (recent high school graduate and/or a first time college student).
- Qualify based on high school GPA and ACT or SAT score.
- Enroll in 14 or more credits at BYU-Idaho during the semester you receive the award. (If you are not registered for at least 14 credits by midnight on the Financial Aid Determination Date, the entire amount of the scholarship funds will be returned to the university).
Freshmen Academic Scholarships must be fully used before you can be considered for Continuing Academic Scholarships. Questions regarding academic scholarships can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The chart below shows the GPA and ACT/SAT requirements for the 2015-2016 BYUI-Idaho Freshmen Academic Scholarship. These guidelines will vary each academic year.
Academic Scholarships for Continuing Students
You must fill out the BYU-Idaho Scholarship Application to be considered for any scholarships. The requirements for academic scholarships are listed below. Each award is valid for one academic year only for the semesters you indicate to us on the scholarship application. You will need to reapply every school year. Please note that the maximum amount a student can receive each semester in university scholarships is full LDS tuition.Requirements:
- Complete the BYU-Idaho Scholarship Application.
- Completion of at least 14 credits at BYU-Idaho.
- Upon completion of at least 14 cumulative college credits, your cumulative BYU-Idaho GPA will be considered for award levels (see below).
- Have earned no more than 129 cumulative credits at the time of evaluation.
- Meet the Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements of a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and completion of at least 67% of all attempted classes.
- Minimum credit requirements:
- Be enrolled in at least 14 credits during the semester of the award.
- Students in their last semester before graduating with their bachelor's degree who are taking less than 14 credits may receive a prorated award.
- To request a prorated award for your graduating semester, send an email explaining your situation to email@example.com.
- Your transfer GPA will be used.
- If you are a transfer student and you do not qualify on the criteria below at the time of admission, you must accumulate 14 BYU-Idaho credits before you can be reconsidered.
All academic scholarships for continuing students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) will be disbursed based on the following criteria:
3.950 - 4.000------Full LDS Tuiton
3.900 - 3.949------Half LDS Tuition
3.750 - 3.899------Quarter LDS Tuition
- Students are reevaluated after every Winter semester for the next academic year, regardless of their track.
- Students who have received an Academic Scholarship are reevaluated after every Winter semester for the next academic year, regardless of their track.
- Because the Academic Scholarship lasts for the entire academic year, the Winter reevaluation will not affect a current Spring award.
If you have been awarded a BYU-Idaho Scholarship, and you are in your last semester before graduating with your Bachelor's Degree, your scholarship can be prorated if you're taking less than 14 credits. Simply email the financial aid office ( firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know how many credits you will be enrolled in during your final semester. To get an idea of the prorated amount of your scholarship, please see the table below.
|Final Semester Credit Level||Full Tuition ($1960)||3/4 Tuition ($1470)||1/2 Tuition ($980)||1/4 Tuition ($490)|
Non-BYUI scholarships are offered by various outside entities. These scholarships are listed as a courtesy to you and are not endorsed by BYU-Idaho.Non-BYUI Scholarships
Students who find themselves needing more money than what they are eligible to receive from FAFSA, BYU-Idaho scholarships, their savings, and the money they’ve earned from working, can look to outside sources for scholarships.
The Department of Education has provided some basic guidelines for students who are applying for scholarships outside of their university. Visit their website to find out what scholarships are available, how to apply, and tips on being safe while applying.
The writing center on campus provides opportunities for students to have their work peer reviewed. Students on campus can walk-in or make an appointment at the writing center. Online students can chat or Skype with representatives.
Watch their videos to learn more about writing great essays.
Don’t ever pay to receive scholarships or to fill out your FAFSA. Save your money for college.
Review the Department of Educations' information on Avoiding Scams before applying for any type of financial aid.
Outside Scholarship Opportunities
Financial Planning 101
Check here for helpful tips on budgeting and building good financial habits.Planning Tips
The First Presidency encourages us all to pay tithes and offerings, avoid debt, use a budget, build a reserve, and teach others.
The first step to planning for college and creating a budget is knowing what resources you have. You are your greatest resource. To receive federal aid and scholarships YOU must take action!
Begin with a budget using the steps below:
- List your resources (money coming in) and their amounts
- List your expenses (money being spent) and their amounts
- Subtract your total expenses from your total resources and evaluate where necessary. This is your bottom line. Adjust your expenses as needed to create your budget.
- If you have a negative number, you need to either find more resources or cut back on your expenses.
- Prioritize! Resources should be allocated to the “needs” first. Then whatever is left over can be used on “wants”. Ask yourself, “What is essential? What is nonessential?” Rent and living expenses should always be paid first.
Make informed decisions! Learn as much about financial aid as you can so you can be better prepared.
Consider getting a job to support some of your expenses. Listings for available jobs on campus can be found here.
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