Who may Apply

 Students applying for federal aid must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate financial need (as determined by the analysis process), except for some loan programs;
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or meet other standards established by the State and approved by the United States Department of Education;
  • Be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen;
  • Be enrolled as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program;
  • Have a valid Social Security number;
  • Make Satisfactory Academic Progress;
  • Register with the Selective Service, if required;
  • Not be in default or owe a repayment on a Student Financial Assistance grant or loan; and
  • Not have been convicted under Federal or State law of possession or sale of illegal drugs while receiving federal aid.

The Department of Education or Dickinson State University may require students, through a process called verification, to document the information provided on their application. If the applicant does not provide the requested documentation, Title IV funds will not be disbursed. 

Students are required to repay any financial aid received as a result of inaccurate information. (Any person who intentionally misrepresents facts on the application violates federal law and may be subject to a $20,000 fine and/or imprisonment).