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New Student Step-by-Step Guide

Maximize your potential by applying for every Financial Aid opportunity available.

Step 1: Scholarships & Grants

BYU-Idaho Scholarships

Incoming Freshmen may automatically qualify for a 4-year Merit Scholarship based on ACT/SAT scores and GPA.

Transfer students and continuing BYU-Idaho students can apply for the BYU-Idaho Academic Scholarship from October 1st to March 1st each year.

All students should apply for the BYU-Idaho Scholarship. Applicants must complete both the scholarship application and the corresponding year's FAFSA by the March 1st deadline.

We also encourage students to search for private scholarship opportunities available through state scholarships, banks, utility companies, private businesses, employers, national clearinghouses, and Scholarship Universe. Start early. Scholarship deadlines are often early in the year.

Step 2: Submit FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) offers Pell Grants and Direct Student Loans to help with educational costs. Apply to see what you qualify for! Some scholarship applications, including the BYU-Idaho Scholarship, require you to complete your FAFSA.

After you submit the FAFSA, you might be chosen for verification to confirm your information is correct. Check your financial aid portal for any requested documents and submit them quickly.

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Step 3: Register for Program Applicable (PA) Classes

Federal Aid can only be given for classes needed for graduation, known as Program Applicable (PA). Check your degree audit to see which courses are required for your major. The Program Applicability Tool helps confirm which of your registered courses qualify for federal aid.

Federal Financial Aid will prorate based on the amount of PA credits you are enrolled in. To get the maximum federal aid you need to enroll in 12 PA credits. If your courses are not PA they will not be eligible for aid.

Step 4: Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards

To remain eligible for Federal Financial Aid you must be meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress SAP Standards after grades run each semester.

Step 5: Know Dates and Deadlines

Consistently checking the federal and university dates and deadlines will ensure applications, documentation, and registration are completed on time.

Dropping classes before and after the Financial Aid Determination Date (FADD) or deferring for the semester can affect your financial aid eligibility now and in the future. Before you drop classes, make sure to talk to a financial aid counselor to see how your aid will be affected.

Step 6: Plan Ahead

Your financial aid awards may not be enough to cover the Cost of Attendance. Working hard and saving money before coming to school can greatly reduce the stress of paying for college. Create a budget and stick to it! Utilize BYU-Idaho’s Financial Wellness Program.

Search the student job board for on-campus employment options and help wanted postings for other local jobs.

Step 7: Accept Loans if Necessary

For some students, work income, Pell Grant, and Scholarships may not be enough to cover all educational expenses. Student Loans, when used responsibly, can be an additional resource. Once your FAFSA has been processed loans can be accepted through your financial aid portal. Direct Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) must be completed before loans can be disbursed.

Step 8: How Does My Aid Pay for School?

The first week of the semester your federal aid and university scholarships will be applied towards your tuition, class fees, and room and board (if you live at Centre Square or University Village).

Any excess funds will process to your student account. The safest and quickest way for you to receive excess funds is by eRefund.

You can authorize the use of your federal financial aid to pay for other educational fees such as your student health care plan, health center, and university store charges, parking permits, and/or fines, by completing the federal financial aid authorization.