Idaho LAUNCH

The Idaho LAUNCH grant program aims to prepare Idaho’s students for Idaho’s workforce needs. Idaho LAUNCH provides grants for education and training programs.

What is LAUNCH?

Idaho LAUNCH is a grant program that provides students a one-time opportunity to have 80% of the tuition and fees at an eligible institution covered, up to a maximum amount of $8,000. With approximately 75 million dollars available for Idaho LAUNCH funding, it is possible for this program to offer between 9,000 and 10,000 awards per year!

How much is available for students each year?

Students can receive up to one-half of the initial grant award in the first year of a program. However, for programs that are less than 12 months in length, students can use the full awarded amount (80% of tuition and fees up to $8,000) in one year.

Important Dates

  • Idaho LAUNCH application opens: October 3
  • Initial applications due: November 30
  • Round 2 applications due: February 15
  • Round 3 applications due: April 15
  • Contingent Award letters sent by: December 31, March 31, and May 31
  • Idaho LAUNCH application closes: April 15

 

For questions, please email  idaholaunch@wdc.idaho.gov or call 208-488-7575

For the FAQ on the Idaho LAUNCH Contingent Award Process, click here

Public and charter school students: use this list to find out your school district’s approved career pathway plan for Idaho LAUNCH. Private school and home school students should complete a career pathway plan using the Next Steps Idaho website. Once a login is created, the approved activities can be found on the student portfolio page.

Use this guide to learn how to create an account and apply for Idaho LAUNCH

Idaho LAUNCH and Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Comparison Chart

There are multiple avenues to secure state funding to support students in their postsecondary education and training. Idaho LAUNCH and Idaho Opportunity Scholarship are both sources of state funding, but have some key differences.

Idaho LAUNCH

Amount:

This is a one-time benefit that provides a grant toward 80% of the tuition and fees at an eligible institution up to a maximum of $8,000.

Students can receive up to one-half of the initial grant award in the first year of a program; however, for programs that are less than 12 months in length, students can use the full award amount (80% of tuition and fees up to $8,000) in one year.

 

Eligibility:

  • Graduate from an Idaho high school or equivalent
  • Be an Idaho resident
  • Be enrolled in or have applied to an in-demand career program at an eligible Idaho institution
  • Begin enrollment by fall semester after graduation
  • Complete a Career Pathway Plan or equivalent
  • Review the approved list of eligible in-demand careers
    • NOTE: During the application process, students will be required to pick a program (major or subject area of focus) and the school they plan to attend. While they are required to make selections now, these decisions can be revisited and updated by students later.

 

Application Process:

1. Submit an application through Scholarship Idaho
2. Receive a Contingent Award Letter (the award is contingent upon meeting the eligibility requirements)
3. Receive and accept the Final Award Letter, which is emailed through Scholarship Idaho after eligibility is verified

 

Deadline: 

April 15

Idaho Opportunity Scholarship

Amount:

Up to $3,500
Renewable up to 4 years

 

Eligibility:

  • Have an unweighted, cumulative GPA of at least 2.7
  • Be an Idaho resident
  • Graduated or will graduate from an eligible Idaho high school, Idaho home school, or its equivalent (GED/HSE from Idaho)
  • Must attend during the upcoming academic year (fall semester)
  • Must pursue a first bachelor’s degree
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 31
  • Must attend one of these eligible Idaho colleges or universities: University of Idaho, Boise State University,
    Lewis Clark State College, Idaho State University, The College of Idaho, Northwest Nazarene University,
    Brigham Young University – Idaho, Western Governors University

 

Application Process:

1. Submit an application through Scholarship Idaho
2. Complete a FAFSA application

 

Deadline:

March 1 (students will have until March 31 to submit their FAFSA)

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FAQ

A version of Idaho LAUNCH has been around for approximately 3 years – this program has served adults seeking to upskill or change careers. It is referred to as Idaho LAUNCH for Adults.

Idaho LAUNCH for High School Seniors is new this year! The graduating class of 2024 will be the first cohort invited to participate in this program. Idaho LAUNCH for High School Seniors aims to connect high school seniors with in-demand careers throughout Idaho. Keep an eye out for program updates throughout the year as we “launch” this initiative.

Students will receive email notifications from Scholarship Idaho. It is vital for students to have an active email address that they check regularly to ensure they do not miss any notifications that may require their attention.

The Idaho LAUNCH application opens on October 3, 2023 and closes on April 15, 2024.
Contingent Award Letters are contingent upon verification of eligibility. There will be three rounds of Contingent Award Letters.

  • Round 1 Contingent Award Letters sent by December 31
  • Round 2 Contingent Award Letters sent by March 31
  • Round 3 Contingent Award Letters sent by May 31

Final Award Letters will be issued in June 2024 after eligibility is verified. Please be sure to use an active email address when applying for Idaho LAUNCH funds.

Prioritization will be based on in-demand careers and financial need. Applications will be ranked based on the program a student selects during the application process and how/if it connects to the list of in-demand careers approved by the Idaho Workforce Development Council (reviewed and approved annually).

No, applying for FAFSA is not a requirement for this grant. However, Idaho LAUNCH will only cover 80% (up to $8,000) of a program’s tuition and fees. The remaining program costs and Room/Board fees may be paid by other financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Check Next Steps Idaho / Idaho LAUNCH Resources for answers to common questions. For questions not answered by the website, please send an email to idaholaunch@wdc.idaho.gov.

A Contingent Award Letter is sent to applicants who submit their application and are on track to meet the program’s eligibility requirements. This offer is contingent upon verification of eligibility completion. Final Award Letters will be issued in June 2024 upon successful verification of the application.

Contingent Award Letters and Final Award Letters are distributed through Scholarship Idaho. Students will be required to either accept or decline their award. If students do not respond within the designated time frame, their award may be offered to another candidate. Students are advised to check their email over the summer.

  1. Urgent questions can be directed to Sherawn Reberry (sherawn.reberry@wdc.idaho.gov).
  2. Please email all other questions to idaholaunch@wdc.idaho.gov.

Idaho Opportunity Scholarship

Awarded to Idaho residents that have graduated, or will graduate, from an Idaho high school, Idaho home school, or who passes a GED/HSE test in Idaho.

Idaho LAUNCH for Adult Learners

Are you an Idaho adult looking to access training opportunities?