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Applying for Aid

To determine how much financial aid you are eligible for, start with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is the form you will use whether you are applying for federal loans, work-study, grants or a combination of these.

Follow these steps to successfully complete the FAFSA:

  1. Create an FSA ID and password, which you will need to sign into and electronically sign the FAFSA. Both the student and the parents will need to have an ID and password.
  2. Fill out the FAFSA. SDSU's school code is 003471. Be sure to use your name exactly as it appears on your Social Security Card, or your application may be rejected.
  3. Go through entrance loan counseling and complete your Master Promissory Note at If this is not finished, you will not receive the loan.

The FAFSA priority date at South Dakota State University is March 1.

Keep in mind that if the information on your financial aid application does not accurately show your family's circumstances, or if your financial status has changed significantly, you should contact our office to discuss with a counselor if changes should be made. 

Eligibility Requirements for Federal Financial Aid

To receive federal financial aid, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Have a high school diploma or GED.
  2. Be admitted to SDSU as a degree seeking student (with enough credits to be at least a half-time student).
  3. Have a valid Social Security Number.
  4. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Students here on a student visa (F1 or F2) or an exchange visitor visa (J1 or J2) are classified as non-eligible noncitizens and do not qualify for federal financial aid. The International Student Affairs Office can provide further information regarding financial assistance.
  5. Register with Selective Service if you are a male between the ages of 18-24.
  6. Maintain satisfactory academic progress.

If you meet these requirements, complete the FAFSA to determine exactly what kind of awards you may receive.