Financial Aid & Awards

  • Understanding the financial aid process for school can be most perplexing and overwhelming. The following websites will help you navigate through this process with a little more confidence.

    Always remember that completing the financial aid applications and getting help with the financial aid process is FREE... be wary of those who want to charge money to help get financial aid or assist in scholarships searches.

    The four types of financial aid are:

    • Grants - money that is given to students, usually because o financial need, that does not need to be repaid.
    • Scholarships - money that is awarded because of exceptional academic achievement, a talent or skill, community service, and/or financial need.
    • Work-Study - money a student earns by working at a college job, usually 10-15 hours a week.
    • Loans - money borrowed by students and/or parents that must be repaid.

    What is the difference between need-based and merit-based financial aid?

    Need-based financial aid is awarded to students who do not have sufficient financial resources to pay for college. A student's academic record is not a factor. Merit-based financial aid is given to students who have outstanding abilities, talents, or accomplishments, regardless of the financial situation of the family.

    Financial Aid Sites:

    College Scholarship Service (CSS): https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/

    FAFSA: www.fafsa.ed.gov

    • The FAFSA (free application for federal student aid) can be submitted anytime after January 1st.  In order to receive student aid for college tuition from the government you MUST fill out the FREE application for student aid online - www.fafsa.gov
    • Do you have questions about the FAFSA? Here is how to get answers:

      FAFSA hotline: (800) 433-3243.

      Email contact: FederalStudentAidCustomerService@ed.gov

      When parents are working on the FAFSA online, they can click a live help button for assistance.

    Western Undergraduate Exchange: https://www.westada.org/cms/lib/ID01904074/Centricity/Domain/3493/WUE.pdf

    • Undergraduate students from Idaho may enroll in a participating public institution in other western states at a reduced tuition rate. 
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