When you apply to U of I, the Admissions Office determines your status as a resident or non-resident for tuition purposes. Visit the Registrar's Idaho residency page.
If you have declined your award, via a written request or VandalMail, and have changed your mind submit a Change of Situation form.
For federal financial aid purposes, an independent student must answer positively to one of the status questions below. Students who do not fit the federal definition are required to supply parental information and signatures.
- Be at least 24 years of age before Jan. 1 of the academic year for which you are applying
- Be a married student
- Be a graduate student
- Active duty military
- Be a veteran of the armed forces
- Have a child/children for whom you provide more than half their financial support
- Have a legal dependent other than a spouse or child
- Be an orphan or ward of the court
- Be an emancipated minor
- Under legal guardianship (other than parent), or homeless
Student Financial Aid Services is required to have documentation from students to prove they meet the definition of independence. If you feel you have extenuating circumstances, please contact Student Financial Aid Services.
If you’re an undergrad, contact your Financial Aid counselor. If students are not married as of the date they file the FAFSA, they must file as single. The FAFSA can sometimes be updated by your Financial Aid Counselor once documentation is provided to our office.
Report information on the FAFSA about the parent you lived with during the last calendar year. If you did not live with a parent, use the parent who gave you more financial support during the most recent year. If the parent has remarried, include the step-parent's income.
You’ll be sent an email from the Department of Education containing a secure link to your Student Aid Report information. Here you’ll see Expected Family Contribution, income and asset information, National Student Loan Data System history information, database match results and all SAR comments.
Billing statements are sent in mid-July for new students enrolled for the fall semester (log in to VandalWeb). Greek housing will bill students separately.
Financial aid is first used to pay for U of I charges (tuition, fees, residence halls, meal plans, etc.). If financial aid does not pay all U of I charges, students must make arrangements with Student Accounts. Students may place residual financial aid on their VandalCard by signing up through VandalWeb. Deposits are available on the first day of class as well as direct deposits to bank accounts. Questions?
Send funds to U of I Student Financial Aid by Aug. 1 (include U of I identification number). Late fees apply if the check arrives after the first day of class and no arrangements are made.
Mail scholarship checks:
Student Financial Aid Services
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 4291
Moscow, ID 83844-4291
Financial Aid Information
Cost of Attendance includes the actual cost of full-time tuition and fees (and tuition for non-residents), and all other estimated yearly costs. Average cost for attending U of I.
Scholarships are used in calculating eligibility for federal aid. The amount of a federal award (with the exception of the Pell Grant) will be reduced if the student has negative need.
Yes. Satisfactory Academic Progress must be met to receive federal student financial aid. Students change their federal/state financial aid eligibility when:
- Loan eligibility is based on taking at least a half-time academic load (6 credits per semester for undergraduates, 5 credits per semester for graduate/law students). Note that loan repayment begins when not enrolled at least half-time.
- If you are an undergraduate taking fewer than 12 credits and were awarded Pell Grants, you will receive a pro-rated award based on the number of credit hours on the census date.
- If you fail to meet SAP, you may appeal by submitting the Petition for Financial Aid Reinstatement.
Students who withdraw from all classes during a semester may find that their aid has been decreased, canceled or repayment is due. Any repayment must be resolved with Student Accounts before you re-enroll for a subsequent term.
Students who withdraw from all classes may also be suspended from receiving future financial aid. If you withdraw in the fall semester and plan to re-enroll, notify Financial Aid.
Residual funds can be deposited to your VandalCard. Funds can be available for use a week prior to class and can be used to purchase books at the VandalStore.