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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid for DVM students is administered by the Financial Aid Office at South Dakota State University.

Application Fee Assistance for Financially Disadvantaged Candidates

The South Dakota State University Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce an application processing fee refund program for financially disadvantaged applicants. Applicants who qualify for and receive waivers through the VMCAS Fee Assistance Program are invited to apply.

Candidates may apply once they have successfully submitted their VMCAS application and paid the application processing fee (both due by the Sept. 16, 2024, deadline). Applications to this program will be available to complete online starting June 3, 2024, and accepted through Aug. 9, 2024. A copy of the letter/email confirming the candidate’s participation in the VMCAS Fee Refund Program will be required as part of the application materials.

The SDSU PPVM will review and select a limited number of applicants to receive a refund shortly after the Aug. 9, 2024 deadline. All participants will be notified of their refund status shortly after the deadline.

Please contact Jessica Juarez, director, for more details.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

South Dakota State University utilizes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as its needs analysis form. FAFSA forms are available after Jan. 1 each year for the coming academic year beginning in September. The code for South Dakota State University is 003471. Students applying for financial aid will receive an electronic Financial Aid Award Notice (FAAN) with the details of their financial aid package in July via email.

Loan Repayment Options

There are a handful of state and national loan forgiveness and loan payback assistance programs available, including the Minnesota Rural Veterinarian Loan Forgiveness Program, Pay-As-You-Earn Programs and Income-Based Repayment Plan.

NOTE: Students who have financial aid/student loans AND receive scholarships or funding from sources outside South Dakota State University are required to report the scholarship/funding to the Office of Financial Aid. Please contact Beth Vollan with questions.

Scholarships, Grants and Other Programs

All students are considered for scholarships based upon information provided in their VMCAS application.

Students entering years three and four of the program at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine will be considered for years three and four scholarships at that time.

Cost of Attendance

Estimated cost of attendance is available at Admissions Planning FAQs.


Residents of all states are considered for admission. Specific details on residency determination are found on the Admissions Planning FAQs.