Financial Aid & Scholarships

Your education at The College of Idaho is an investment that will give you a competitive advantage throughout your life. We believe that our outstanding learning experience should be available to every qualified student, regardless of financial considerations, and we are committed to helping your family find the financing options to support your goals.

The Value of a College of Idaho Education

While tuition at a private college like The College of Idaho may be higher than at many public institutions, our small class sizes (an average of 13.3 students per class) mean that you’ll receive more personal attention from faculty and you won’t have to wait to get into the classes you need to graduate. You’ll have more opportunities to work with faculty on undergraduate research and creative projects, to benefit from strong faculty advising, and to grow as a leader – things that will help you thrive for the rest of your life.

At The College of Idaho, you are four times more likely to graduate in four years than from a public institution in the state. Graduating in four rather than five or six years saves on tuition bills and living expenses. That’s a difference of tens of thousands of dollars for college graduates who launch careers a year or even two years earlier than their counterparts. In addition, nearly all first-year C of I students receive financial assistance.

Among first-year students who receive need-based awards, three-quarters receive an award of $14,250 or more. Our commitment to providing access to a C of I education means that you may well graduate with less debt from than you would at a public institution.

Types of Aid

Financial assistance at The College of Idaho comes in three forms: merit-based scholarships, talent-based scholarships and need-based aid. Each student is automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship when they apply for admission. Need-based awards are granted based on a student’s demonstrated need indicated on their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Your admission counselor will be able to help you and your family understand all possibilities for securing financial assistance.