Applying for Financial Aid

Autumn 2010

At Dickinson State University we are committed to equipping you to reach your educational and professional goals.

Your education is a very important investment. We understand that while expense should not be the only determining factor in choosing a university, knowing the cost involved and the financial aid available are vital parts of making the right decision.

At Dickinson State University, consideration for all financial aid, federal and institutional, begins with filing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  

If this is your first time applying for financial aid it may seem like a lot of acronyms and deadlines. Don’t worry! Your financial aid office is here to help answer your questions and to help you navigate the process.

Here are some thoughts to keep in mind as you prepare for college:

Don’t assume that you won’t qualify for financial aid.
Some types of financial aid are need based and others are based on your GPA, student activities, and at times, even based on the part of the country or world you live in.

Be mindful of dates.
Financial aid is date sensitive and you will want to make sure that you don’t miss out on aid because of a missed deadline. Deadlines will be posted on the website, sent to you via email, and posted around campus. Get in the habit of checking your email and make sure you turn in all requested documents in a timely manner.

April 15th is the priority deadline for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).   Students who submit their FAFSA by the priority deadline may also be eligible for:

  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Federal Work Study
  • North Dakota State Grant (if a ND resident)

Applications for financial aid will be accepted after April 15; however, funding may be limited to the Federal Pell Grant, Direct Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), and/or Direct PLUS loans. The Office of Financial Aid at Dickinson State University processes applications for assistance on an on-going basis; however, to ensure that the financial aid is processed in time (and to avoid late fees), apply before July 1.

Ask for help.
Financial aid professionals at Dickinson State are here to help you understand the financial aid process and help you navigate through it successfully. If you have questions about where to find forms, how to apply, or how to submit requested documentation, please ask. We are here to serve you.

Our goal is to help prepare you to be successful in college. Understanding your finances, including: the true costs of attending college, how to manage money and credit, and how to maximize financial aid will help you be prepared for success in your future. This small guide is a helpful start in considering these areas. We hope you will come by or call and visit with us about your questions on financial aid and financial literacy in college.  

You can contact us by phone Monday – Friday 7:45-4:30 MST at 701-483-2371 or by email at dsu.esc@dickinsonstate.edu