1. Plan Ahead
Consistently checking the federal and university dates and deadlines will ensure applications, documentation, and registration are completed on time.
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. Students are encouraged to create a budget that covers anticipated expenses per semester at BYU-Idaho.
Employment options are available through BYU-Idaho, which employs thousands of students each semester. Available on-campus jobs can be found on the student job board and other local jobs on the help wanted postings.
2. Submit FAFSA & Complete Required Documents
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) offers Pell Grants and Direct Student Loans to help you pay for your educational costs. Not all students are eligible to receive a Pell Grant; however, all students are offered loans. Certain scholarship applications, including the BYU-Idaho Grant Application, require you to complete your FAFSA.
Some students may be required to submit additional documents to the Financial Aid Office. This process is called FAFSA Verification and its purpose is to confirm that the information provided on the FAFSA is correct. Required verification documents may be viewed and submitted though your financial aid portal.
3. Apply for Grants & Scholarships
BYU-Idaho refers to university scholarships as BYU-Idaho Grants. These grants are awarded based on need and merit. The BYU-Idaho Grant Application, along with the corresponding FAFSA, must be completed by March 1st each year for continued consideration. Students should also apply for other private aid resources to find scholarships and grants outside of the BYU-Idaho Grant.
4. Register for Program Applicable Classes
Federal Aid may only be awarded for classes that are required for graduation. This is referred to as Program Applicability (PA). Students should refer to their degree audit to determine the required courses for their declared major. The Program Applicability Tool (PAT) will help confirm which registered courses are eligible to receive federal financial aid for. To receive the maximum amount of qualified federal aid, students must be enrolled in at least 12 PA credits. Student may enroll in non-PA credits but will not receive federal aid for them. BYU-Idaho Grants are not restricted by Program Applicability; therefore, awards are based on both enrolled PA and non-PA credits.
5. Accept Loans if Necessary
For some students, their work income, Pell grant, and BYU-Idaho Grant (if awarded) may not be enough to cover all educational expenses. Student loans, when used responsibly, can be an additional resource to help fund your education. After completing the FAFSA, these loans can be accepted through your financial aid portal.