What is Federal Aid?


Federal Aid includes Pell Grants and Direct Student Loans awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. “Federal student aid covers such expenses as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Aid also can help pay for other related expenses, such as a computer and dependent care.” (StudentAid.gov) These awards are determined based off the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student aid from the Department of Education. (FAFSA).

Types of Federal Aid

Pell Grant Federal

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need on their FAFSA. Unlike a loan, Federal Pell Grants do not have to be repaid.

Direct Student Loans

Direct Student Loans are monies borrowed by students from the U.S. Department of Education. When used judiciously, loans can be an additional resource to help fund education. These loans need to be repaid. Eligible students may accept loans on their financial aid portal once the FAFSA has been processed. See loan policies for more information.

Direct PLUS Loan

Direct PLUS Loans are available for eligible parents to borrow on behalf of their student. The student is required to complete the FAFSA after which the parent completes an additional application for the Direct PLUS Loan. A credit check will be conducted for the parent.

Federal Aid Eligibility

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

The U.S. Department of Education requires the university to have a SAP policy. These requirements ensure only eligible students who are making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree receive federal aid. See the SAP policy for more information on what the requirements are at BYU-Idaho.

Financial Aid Determination Date (FADD)

The FADD is normally the end of the 23th day of the semester or when it is determined the student has a valid FAFSA, whichever is later. Students must be enrolled in program applicable credits by the FADD in order to receive aid for that semester.

Program Applicability Tool (PAT)

The PAT is used to confirm that a student’s registered courses are program applicable, therefore eligible to receive federal financial aid. Only courses directly related to the student’s declared program/major will count toward the credit level in which aid is awarded.


Verification is a process in which selected students must provide additional documentation to show that the information submitted on the FAFSA is accurate. Approximately 3-5 business days after a FAFSA is submitted and received by BYU-Idaho, students may see needed documents in the Required Documents box on their financial aid portal.

Receiving Your Federal Aid


Students completing a FAFSA should be sure to complete the correct FAFSA for the Academic Year that they wish to recieve financial aid for. FAFSA's for the upcoming Academic Year typically become available for completion in October the year prior (ex. the 2020-21 FAFSA was available to complete starting on October 1, 2019)

2019/2020 Academic Year (Summer Session 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020)2019-20 FAFSA Form

2020/2021 Academic Year (Summer Session 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and Spring 2021): 2020-21 FAFSA Form

Complete the FAFSA


Priority deadlines for the FAFSA and verification documents can be found on our Dates/Deadlines policy page. While documents may be accepted late, it is highly encouraged to submit the FAFSA and verification documents by the priority deadlines to ensure a timely financial aid disbursement