Idaho Student Loans And Financial Aid Programs
Idaho has several student loan and financial aid programs that can help you pay for college. If you're going to be attending college in Idaho, you need to be looking to take advantage of these programs.
These programs are designed to help make college more affordable - so that you can get the education you need. These programs can include scholarships, grants, and student loans.
Don't forget that there are Federal student loan programs available as well. You can find out more on how to get a Federal student loan here.
There is also a specific order of operations to pay for college that we recommend students follow. These programs specific to the State of Idaho can help you to avoid borrowing more money than you need to.
Idaho Student Loan Programs
Idaho doesn't have any unique student loan programs to help it's students pay for college. However, there are still Federal student loans available to students who attend college in Idaho.
If you're just looking for private student loan options, we recommend:
- Credible - Like the Kayak of student loans, they help you shop around and compare options. Try Credible here.
- College Ave - One of the best private student loan lenders. Get A Quote At College Ave Here.
Check out our complete guide to finding the best student loans here.
Idaho Scholarship Programs
Idaho has several scholarships available to students who want to attend school in Idaho.
Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship
The Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship provides approximately 25 awards to Idaho high school seniors planning to attend an Idaho college or university. Funds are awarded to students pursuing academic or career technical education. This is a $3,000 award, renewable up to four years for academic programs and up to three years for career technical programs.
Learn more about the Idaho Governor's Cup Scholarship here.
Idaho Opportunity Scholarship
The Opportunity Scholarship awards eligible applicants up to $3,500 per year and is renewable for up to four years. This is a need-based scholarship awarded to Idaho residents who are also attending school in Idaho.
You must have maintained a 2.7 GPA in high school, and apply to the FAFSA.
Learn more about the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship here.
Armed Forces and Public Safety Officer Scholarship
The Armed Forces and Public Safety Officer Scholarship provides a waiver of tuition and fees plus up to $500 per semester for books in addition to on-campus housing and subsistence to Idaho undergraduate students who are the children or spouses of military members or public safety officers.
Awardees must attend an Idaho public college or university and meet all requirements for regular admission. Educational benefits shall not exceed a total of thirty-six (36) months or four (4) nine (9) month periods.
Learn more about the Armed Forces and Public Safety Officer Scholarship here.
Tschudy Family Scholarship
Established by bequest from the estate of Alene M. Swindle, the Tschudy Family Scholarship provides scholarships to eligible graduates of Emmett High School who pursue an academic degree from an Idaho public four-year higher education institution.
Recipients of the Tschudy Family Scholarship are selected based on academic merit, integrity and financial need. Awards are $2,500 per year and renewable for up to five years of undergraduate study and two years of graduate study.
Learn more about the Tschudy Family scholarship here.
Idaho Grant Programs
Sadly, Idaho doesn't have any special grant programs for it's residents and individuals who want to attend school in Idaho.
However, you may still qualify for Federal grants, such as the Federal Pell Grant program.
If you already have student loans and are looking for options as a Idaho resident, check out our Idaho Student Loan Forgiveness Program page. That page has all the different options available to Idaho residents to potentially get some of your student loan debt forgiven.
You might also look at refinancing your student loans and saving money in interest while also potentially lowering your payment. Check out our guide on the Best Places To Refinance Your Student Loans.
If you're looking for ways to save for college in Idaho, check out our Idaho 529 Plan and College Savings Guide.
Finally, check out the other student loan and financial aid programs by state.