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Cost & Aid

Cost of Attendance for 2017-2018*

 Idaho resident
1 Semester
Idaho resident
Full Year
1 Semester
Full Year
Undergraduate tuition $3,583 $7,166 $10,791 $21,582
Room $1,395 $2,790 $1,395 $2,790
Meal Plan $1,613 $3,226 $1,613 $3,226
Books & supplies $500 $1000 $500 $1000
Total Estimated Costs $7,091 $14,182 $14,479 $28,958

*Academic year tuition includes Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. Tuition and fees are subject to change by action of the State Board of Education. Costs listed are estimations and should not be considered a guarantee.


Tuition and Fees

View details about cost per credit hour, full-time/part-time distinctions, and a listing of various class and professional fees.

Western Undergraduate Exchange

If you live in one of the 14 participating states, you may be eligible for a significant reduction in non-resident tuition.

Tuition Lock

If you qualify for tuition lock, what you pay when you enroll as a first time freshman is what you'll pay for up to four years.


Housing offers a number of living options for ISU students. There are 4 residence halls and 5 on-campus apartment complexes.

Meal Plans

There a 6 basic meal plans, allowing for flexibility and options. Students need not live on campus to use a meal plan.


The on-campus Bookstore in the Student Union carries textbooks, school supplies, and ISU game day gear of every variety.


Paying for School

There are a lot of options to pay for your education, and knowing what’s out there and what you qualify for can help you make the best financial decisions for your needs.



Financial Aid

Visit Financial Aid

Types of Aid


Grants provide financial aid which does not have to be repaid. Grants are awarded based on need.


Loans provide borrowed money that must be repaid with interest. There are many types of student loans, which may or may not be need-based. The Financial Aid office will determine your eligibility.


Employment or work-study allows you to earn money to help pay for educational expenses while enrolled in school. Work Study programs provide students with employment opportunities both on and off campus, though it is up to you to secure employment. Participation in this program is typically based on financial need.

What do I need to apply?


To apply for federal student aid, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually.

There are a few things you will need in order to fill out a FAFSA:

  • ISU's FAFSA code: 001620
  • Your Social Security number
  • Your FSA ID, which you can get on the FAFSA website

More information about FAFSA applications



FAFSA applications are open for long periods of time and can even be completed after the school year begins.

However, it is recommended that you complete the application as soon as possible.

The application for the 2018-19 school year opens October 1, 2017.
The application for the 2017-18 school year is still open.

Contact Financial Aid

Museum Building, Room 337




Visit Scholarships

ISU is a comprehensive university that offers scholarships to help you finance your education. Many students compete for scholarships which are awarded based on merit and/or financial need.


You may be eligible to apply for many scholarships. Explore your options.

Applying for Scholarships


ISU uses BOSS (Bengal Online Scholarship System) for scholarship applications.
We STRONGLY encourage all students to log into BOSS monthly, especially the months of January, February, March of each year.  BOSS shows students recommended scholarships for which they should apply for and allows students to see the status of scholarships for which they have already applied.  Students can also search for outside/local scholarships by visiting the "external" section of BOSS.

Instructions for using BOSS


For new Incoming Freshman/Transfer Students:  required documents must be received (or postmarked) by the following dates:

February 15 (for fall semester scholarships)

November 1 (for spring semester scholarships)


For International Students:  required documents must be received (or postmarked) by the following dates:

May 1 (for fall semester scholarships)

November 1 (for spring semester scholarships)


Visit the Scholarships site for more information


Contact Scholarships

Museum Building, Room 327



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Pocatello, Idaho, 83209
(208) 282-4636

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