No matter where you are in the process, if you’re still considering whether you’ll attend school this fall, the best step you can take is to reach out to an admissions counselor at the schools that interest you. Counselors will help you and your family navigate the admissions and financial aid process. Having a well-informed advisor will make your journey much easier!
Unsure of where to start? Use these questions to figure out where you are and what steps you should take to get to your goal: arriving on campus in August.
Do you know what you want to study?
Be sure to check whether the schools that interest you offer the major you want to pursue. You can find links to all of Idaho’s colleges and universities in the Idaho Schools Directory.
It’s not uncommon for students to start school without a major, or to change majors at some point during their college career.
Take the Future Findr quiz to see what careers might be a good fit for you, based on your skills and interests. Quiz results pages will tell you what degree programs can lead to a career in your chosen field and which Idaho schools offer these programs.
If you’re interested in Career Technical Education, 1-4 year programs are available at many of Idaho’s colleges and universities, even if you haven’t begun these courses in high school. Contact a transition coordinator at the school that interests you to get help with the admissions process.
Do you know what school you want to attend?
Check out the Idaho Schools Directory to find contact information for the admissions office and get in touch with an enrollment counselor to be sure they accept late applications and to find out what you need to do to apply (and any important deadlines).
Most schools will require:
- Completed application
- High school and any dual credit transcripts
- Completed FAFSA (for those seeking financial aid)
Check out the Idaho Schools Directory to learn more about your Idaho options. Idaho’s public schools offer a variety of degree and certificate programs that can be completed in 1-4 years and some career training can be completed in under a year. If you’re not sure how to choose a school that’s right for you, check out this guide to things to consider when choosing a college.
Do you have a plan for how you’ll pay for school?
Check with the schools you’re applying to, so you don’t miss the first payment deadline.
Take a look at this cost comparison and information about how to figure out the net price (the fees you’ll pay) for schools in Idaho.
Learn about the different types of financial aid.
Search for scholarship opportunities that might help you pay for college.
Contact admissions counselors at the schools where you plan to apply to learn about scholarships or other assistance that may be available to you and your family.
If you are looking for some type of financial aid (grants/scholarships, loans, work study), you’ll need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid to qualify.
Be sure to check your email regularly make sure the US Department of Education hasn’t requested any additional documents. If you want to be extra sure that your FAFSA has been submitted, ask your college and career counselor to check on the status of your application.
You can still submit the FAFSA through June 30th (the earlier, the better). Learn more about the application and how it’s used.
There’s quite a bit of information you, and your parents, will need to gather to complete this form. Use the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet to get organized before you start working on our application.