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BSU offers 4-year True Blue Promise Scholarship

Posted at 6:26 PM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 20:26:14-05

Boise State University made it into the history books Thursday by announcing the biggest financial aid package its ever offered.

The 4-year scholarship program is called the "True Blue Promise," and it's only being made available to Gem state high school seniors.

Alex Belisle, a BSU student who is nearing graduation, knows all too well the importance of a good scholarship.

He's thrilled that future broncos now have access to this true blue promise.

"It's hard to turn down, and Boise State is a great institution," Belisle says.

Those who qualify have to have a 3.3 grade-point-average, be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant based on their financial aid application and meet set score minimums regarding ACT and SAT tests.

"If you're at the maximum pell grant eligibility in addition to this scholarship, your cost of tuition is covered," Belisle says. "And, hopefully that's something that will take down the barrier for students."

To become eligible, Idaho seniors must apply for admission at Boise State, send in their high school transcripts and fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, form.

The priority deadline is set for Feb. 15, 2016. All applications sent in by May 1, 2016 will also be considered.

"Where they might be thinking, 'I'm not sure if college is for me or if it's going to work out for me financially,' this might make the difference for some of them to be able to make Boise State a reality and that's really exciting," says Kelly Talbert, director of admissions at BSU.