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Financial Aid Information for New Student Orientation

Welcome to New Student Orientation! Here is what you need to know about financial aid at NSO.

View our recorded Financial Aid Presentation

Learn How to Apply for Financial Aid

Follow our step by step guide to apply for financial aid.

Applying for aid

Schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with a financial aid representative.

If you have specific questions about your financial aid, schedule a zoom meeting with a financial aid representative.

Sign up for a meeting

FERPA Privacy Release Form

If students would like us to be able to give financial aid information to someone other than themselves (such as a parent), please fill out this form.

FERPA Privacy Release

Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

Get the answers to the questions that we see most commonly.

View Financial Aid FAQs

Learn how to accept your financial aid offer

You can access your financial aid offer on our student portal. To access the portal, log into MyState and click on the Dashboard tab then locate the Financial Aid Self Service item on your Dashboard. Follow the instructions to access Financial Aid Self Service. If you have not previously logged into your MyState account, please go to In the upper right-hand corner click the "Sign In" button and follow the directions under "MyState First Time Login" on the right.

To accept or decline your financial aid offer once you are logged into your Financial Aid Self Service:

  • View the upper right side of the page and ensure you see South Dakota State and the 2024-2025 Award Year
  • Select View Questions in the red box under “Responses Required” and answer the questions (you can omit this step if you previously answered these questions).
  • Select the Award Offer tab
  • Use the Take Action dropdown box to accept and decline individual awards
  • Select Submit at the bottom of the page

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Learn about Work-Study

Semester Start Information

Find out more about the start of the fall semester.

Fall Semester

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