Idaho Opportunity Scholarship for Adult Learners

Applications are open. Applications and FAFSA due by the following dates:

  • For Summer 2024- April 15, 2024
  • For Fall 2024 – July 1, 2024
  • Need-based award
  • Requires at least a 2.5 unweighted cumulative GPA
  • Must attend an eligible Idaho college or university.

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Recognizing the need for a well-educated workforce, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and the Idaho Legislature established the Opportunity Scholarship to remove barriers to higher education and prepare college/university graduates to enter the workforce.

The Opportunity Scholarship awards eligible applicants up to $3,500 per academic year and is renewable for up to four years.

The scholarship funds are available per academic year; recipients must renew each year by March 1 and are eligible to receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years.


To qualify for the scholarship, a student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have an unweighted, cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above for initial qualification. If selected, students must have a GPA of 2.7.
  • Be an Idaho resident
  • Graduated from an Idaho high school or its equivalent or Idaho home school (GED/HSE from Idaho)
  • Must be working towards their undergraduate degree or certificate, up to a first bachelor’s degree
  • Must have earned at least 24 postsecondary credits before a cease in enrollment
  • Must not be currently enrolled, must not have completed more than 2 classes in the last 24 months
  • FAFSA Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 1
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes. (See program rules for more details.)
  • Must attend one of these eligible Idaho colleges or universities at least part-time:
    • Boise State University
    • Brigham Young University – Idaho
    • College of Idaho
    • Idaho State University
    • Lewis-Clark State College
    • Northwest Nazarene University
    • University of Idaho
    • Western Governors University
    • College of Eastern Idaho
    • College of Western Idaho
    • College of Southern Idaho
    • North Idaho College

Idaho Statute Title 33 – Education, Chapter 43 – Scholarships
Idaho Administrative Procedures Act (IDAPA) Rule 08.01.13 

Act now to contribute to Idaho’s Opportunity Scholarship Fund. It’s easy!
Are you a taxpayer who would like to help send a student without sufficient financial means to college?

Just check the box on your Idaho tax return designating a portion of your refund to the Opportunity Scholarship. Your donation will help hundreds of Idahoans in their quest for postsecondary education. Higher education leads to better jobs, a stronger economy and a more viable citizenry. Everyone benefits from education. Donations are needed more than ever. Give a fellow Idahoan the opportunity to better themselves and their community through education.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, this application will be provided in alternate form upon request.