Did you know that you can only receive federal financial aid for courses that count toward graduation?
All BYU-Idaho Scholarships require an enrollment of 14 credits.

You need to know:

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What is a program applicable course?

Students will only receive federal financial aid for courses required for their declared Program.

A Program is a student's declared major in an eligible catalog year, along with all other required components (emphasis, minor, cluster).

  • If a major requires an emphasis, minor or cluster, courses filling those requirements will be eligible for federal aid.
  • If a major does not require an emphasis, minor, or cluster, courses taken to complete those components will not be eligible for federal aid unless they can fill elective requirements.
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Are you in the right Program?

You must have your Program officially declared two weeks before the semester begins.

Your program on record at that time will determine which courses are program applicable for the entire semester. 

A student can change their Program during the semester, but that new Program will not affect disbursement of federal aid until the next semester.

  • Example: If your official Program two weeks before the semester begins is Biology, then only courses required for Biology would be program applicable and receive federal financial aid for that semester. If you change your Program to English after this time, courses required for English would not be program applicable until the next semester, which could result in a loss of federal financial aid for the upcoming semester.
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Why program applicability?

Pell Grants and federal student loans are funded by federal tax dollars for college students who complete the FAFSA and who have financial need. Federal regulations require that these funds are used only for courses that are required for graduation.

These federal requirements are designed to help students:

  • Stay focused on finishing their degree
  • Use tax dollars wisely
  • Graduate faster
  • Lower the cost of their overall education
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Please note that the program applicability requirements apply only to those students who are eligible to receive U.S. federal financial aid (Pell grant and/or federal student loans).

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BYU-Idaho Scholarships

All BYU-Idaho Scholarships will require 14 credits.

These credits do not have to be program applicable.

BYU-Idaho Scholarships will not be prorated.

  • If you have less than 14 credits, you will not receive any portion of your scholarship.
  • Exceptions will be made for Internship Scholarships.
  • Exceptions may be made for all BYU-Idaho scholarships in your last semester before graduating with a Bachelor’s degree.

You must meet the following Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements:

  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Complete 67% of attempted courses


You will be evaluated for BYU-Idaho scholarships on an annual basis after Winter semester for the upcoming academic year.

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