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Need-Based Scholarships

About Need-Based Scholarships

The Need-Based Scholarship, known as The BYU-Idaho Scholarship, recognizes hard-working students facing financial barriers in pursuing their educational goals. To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must complete both the scholarship application and the corresponding year's FAFSA application. Applications are open from October 1 to March 1.


2024-2025 scholarship applications were due on April 1st and will be evaluated and awarded once accurate 2024-2025 FAFSA information has been provided to BYU-Idaho.

To be considered for upcoming award years, continuing and incoming students must complete the BYU-Idaho Scholarship Application and corresponding FAFSA by March 1st. International and DACA students are not required to submit the FAFSA.

After the March 1 deadline, we are not able to reopen the application for continuing students. All submissions are final. Students should read each question completely and complete the information based on their circumstances on the date they complete the application. Any questions can be directed to

BYU-Idaho Scholarship Application


  • Students must be a BYU-Idaho Campus student without an earned bachelor’s degree.
  • Must have less than 140 cumulative credits earned at the time of evaluation. All credits appearing on the student’s official transcript are counted, including Advanced Placement, language exam credits, transfer credits, etc.
  • Must complete Scholarship and FAFSA applications by the March 1 deadline.


The BYU-Idaho Scholarship is evaluated for financial need based on information taken from the scholarship application and the corresponding year’s FAFSA.

Scholarship applications are open from October 1 to March 1.

Returned Missionaries

Returned missionaries wanting to apply for the BYU-Idaho Scholarship must complete the required applications before the full-semester Financial Aid Determination Date (FADD) of their first semester after their mission. No Exceptions.

Recently Enrolled Students

Students who are admitted to BYU-Idaho after the March 1 scholarship deadline have the opportunity to complete the BYU-Idaho Scholarship application and corresponding FAFSA before the full-semester Financial Aid Determination Date (FADD) of their first semester. BYU-Idaho Scholarship awards are based on fund availability.


BYU-Idaho Scholarships are awarded for Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters allowing for Flex Semester attendance.

  • Students who have earned 140 or more cumulative credits at the end of Fall Semester will no longer be eligible to receive a BYU-Idaho scholarship for future award years.
  • Award amounts are based on tuition costs for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Credits do NOT need to be program applicable. However, audited courses do not count.
  • Individual semester awards will be canceled for students enrolled in less than 6 credits on Full Semester FADD.
  • Awards will be prorated based on the number of credits a student enrolls in each semester. This award is subject to the Financial Aid Determination Date (FADD). If you add or drop classes before FADD the award will adjust to your new credit level.

2024-2025 Award Amounts

Credit Level Full Tuition Three-Quarter Tuition Half Tuition Quarter Tuition
12+ $2,400 $1,800 $1,200 $600
9-11 $1,800 $1,350 $900 $450
6-8 $1,200 $900 $600 $300
Below 6 No awards No awards No awards No awards


To allow recipients the opportunity to benefit from additional financial support, these Full, Three-Quarter, Half, and Quarter tuition Scholarships will be stackable up to full LDS tuition with the following scholarships available from BYU-Idaho:

  • Merit Scholarship: A four-year award designed to recognize and reward exceptional high school academic achievement of incoming freshmen attending as campus students.
  • Academic Scholarship: Designed to recognize and reward the exceptional academic achievement of continuing BYU-Idaho and Transfer students attending as campus students.
  • Talent Scholarships: Available directly from the Art, Dance, Journalism, Theater, and Music departments on campus.

The following scholarship can be stacked and awarded over full LDS tuition amounts.

  • Returned Missionary Scholarship: A one-time $500 scholarship for students who have returned from full-time missionary service since Jan. 1, 2023, and are enrolling in their first college experience since their mission. Awards will be automatically added. No application is necessary.

*Example: As a freshman, you received a quarter tuition BYU-Idaho Merit scholarship. During your freshman year, you take more than 12 BYU-Idaho credits. Your cumulative BYU-Idaho 3.92 GPA after your first Winter Semester qualifies you for a half LDS tuition award. Your BYU-Idaho Merit scholarship will stay at ¼ tuition and an additional BYU-Idaho Academic Award will be added for ¼ LDS tuition. You then qualify for an additional ¾ tuition BYU-Idaho Scholarship. The combination of these awards may not exceed full LDS tuition so you will only be awarded an additional ¼ to reach a full LDS tuition scholarship.