Scholarship Information - International Students

The primary scholarship opportunity for incoming international students at Idaho State University comes in the form of non-resident tuition waivers which are discussed in more detail below. International students who have completed one full-time semester at ISU are eligible to apply for continuing student scholarships through their major department as well as those announced through the BOSS. Students in the Non-traditional Pharmacy Program (and other over-subscribed programs) are not eligible for any non-resident tuition waivers. NOTE: Time accrued while participating in ANY of the NRTW programs MAY NOT count toward the length of time required to gain Idaho residency status. [Note: Please be aware that if you receive scholarships above and beyond the cost of tuition (for example, a Housing Scholarship), the award may be subject to tax withholding. Please visit the Foreign Student Tax Information web page for more information.]

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A limited number of Non-Resident Tuition Waivers (NRTW) are awarded on a competitive basis. Some waivers are specifically reserved for those entering technology-related programs of study (i.e. engineering, math, computer information systems, computer science, among others), while other NRTWs are reserved for students in other programs of study. Students in the Non-traditional Pharmacy Program (and other over-subscribed programs) are not eligible for any non-resident tuition waivers. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for initial review/consideration of awarding, however the average GPA awarded is typically a 3.5 or higher.

New and Transfer Students

If you are an incoming international undergraduate student (new freshman or transfer), you will be considered for possible awarding of an NRTW. Priority is given to international students who have a completed application for admission, official TOEFL or IELTS score, and official transcript(s) submitted to the International Program Office (IPO) by May 1st (fall entry) or November 1st (spring entry). Your Application for Admission serves as your NRTW application. Please visit

Continuing Students

If you are a continuing undergraduate international student, have a 3.0 ISU cumulative GPA, have NOT received an NRTW in past semesters, and are in need of a NRTW, you may complete a Currently Attending ISU NRTW Application for NRTW consideration. Awards are competitive.

Renewal Information for International NRTW Recipients:

New for Academic Year 2015-2016:

The ISU Alumni Non-Resident Tuition Waiver Scholarship is awarded to non-resident, undergraduate students who are not majoring in "over-subscribed" programs (those with limited capacity). Must be a full-time student and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must be a child (biological, adopted or legal guardianship), stepchild, or grandchild of an ISU graduate (defined as a person having a degree or certificate from ISU). Students who are currently already receiving a full 4-year Non-Resident Tuition Waiver at ISU are not eligible. Alumni Non-Resident Tuition Waivers waive the amount of Non-Resident Tuition for non-Idaho resident students. ISU Alumni Non-Resident Tuition Waivers are awarded for 4 years (8 semesters) to eligible undergraduate students who continue to meet renewal criteria. Students must apply in the Bengal Online Scholarship System (BOSS). Deadline 2/15

Graduate Students, please visit Graduate Students for further information on NRTW.

Competition for Non-resident Tuition Waivers at the undergraduate and graduate level is very strong and many more people apply than are awarded. You should be prepared to have sufficient funds to cover the approximate US $12,000.00 expense per semester should the University be unable to award one to you.

More information regarding international student admissions and related issues is available from the International Programs Office.


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