Paying for College: Scholarships/Financial Aid

Financial Aid

FAFSA
 (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens every year on October 1 for students planning on attending college the following fall.  The first step to apply for FAFSA is to get BOTH a student and parent FSA ID number.  The FSA ID box is at the top of the FAFSA website.  Once you have created a student and parent FSA ID, you can apply for FAFSA.  
Link here to FAFSA
 - Federal government application for financial aid.

Fafsa4caster - A tool that estimates your eligibility for federal aid.
Student aid- A resource center for learning about and acquiring all types of aid.
College Board CSS Profile- Financial aid for highly selective colleges- check with your schools of interest before applying.



Scholarships

In addition to Naviance (link below), check other sources for an extensive list of scholarships available to our students:

BigFuture - https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship
Another great site for finding scholarships and other college-bound information. 

Boise Education Foundation- 
http://boiseschoolsfoundation.com/college-prep/other-scholarships/

Caring.com ScholarshipsScholarships for students who care for older adults can be found at https://www.caring.com/caregivers/scholarships-for-student-caregivers

College Greenlight - https://www.collegegreenlight.com
Connects first generation and underrepresented students to colleges, scholarships, and other college-bound information.


Fastweb - https://www.fastweb.com
Search for scholarships and learn about financial aid and student loan options. 

Idaho Career Information System - 
Idaho CIS idahocis.org
Log in as a Guest user.  Click on the "Education" tab and "Where can I get help paying for school?"  You can then search for scholarships through Financial Aid Sort, find information on Idaho scholarships, and learn other information related to paying for college.

Naviance
 - http://student.naviance.com/boisehs
Click on "Colleges" and scroll to the bottom of the page to search for scholarships. You can see a list of scholarships, do a scholarship search, and keep a list of scholarships you have applied for.

Next Steps Idaho
 - https://nextsteps.idaho.gov/scholarships/
Students can sort the list of scholarships by GPA or award amount. 

PNACAC Scholarship- A $1,000 scholarship offered regionally.  For information, see  https://www.pnacac.org/pnacac-student-scholarship

Scholarship Junkies - 
http://scholarshipjunkies.org
Scholarship Junkies helps students write powerful stories for any college application or scholarship.  Students can submit their writing and get edit assistance and feedback from former Gates Millennium, Quest, and POSSE winners for free.   There is also a scholarship search tool to help students find potential scholarships.

Student Scholarships - https://www.studentscholarships.org
Online site for national scholarship search.

State of Idaho Scholarships:

Armed Forces/Safety Officer Scholarship  (offered through the State Board of Education)-
Visit https://boardofed.idaho.gov/scholarships/ for details.  No deadline.  Provides tuition waivers and up to $500 per semester to help with college expenses such as books. For dependents of military or police officers from Idaho who died while on active duty or directly related to their military or police work.


Governor's Cup Scholarship
 - offered through the State Board of Education.  Merit-based scholarship requiring community service.  Visit https://boardofed.idaho.gov/scholarships/ for details. 


Opportunity Scholarship - offered through the State Board of Education.  Need-based scholarship, must apply for FAFSA and show proof of financial need.  Visit https://boardofed.idaho.gov/scholarships/ for details. 


Idaho College/University Scholarship Pages:

Boise State University
 - https://financialaid.boisestate.edu/scholarships/

College of Southern Idaho - http://scholarships.csi.edu/

College of Western Idaho - http://cwidaho.cc/current-students/grants-scholarships

College of Eastern Idaho - http://www.eitc.edu/financial-aid

Idaho State University - https://www.isu.edu/scholarships/

Lewis-Clark State College - http://www.lcsc.edu/financialaid/scholarships-and-waivers/

North Idaho College - http://www.nic.edu/websites/default.aspx?dpt=29&pageId=


University of Idaho
 - https://www.uidaho.edu/financial-aid/scholarships

Boise Boise College - http://www.boisebible.edu/admissions/tuition-and-fees

BYU Idaho - http://www.byui.edu/financial-aid/aid-available/scholarships

College of Idaho - https://www.collegeofidaho.edu/scholarships

Northwest Nazarene University - https://financialaid.nnu.edu/first-time-student/scholarships