Eligibility Requirements

In order for you to receive federal financial aid, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a US citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • Be fully admitted to DSU
  • Be accepted into a degree granting program
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Not be in default on any Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP)
  • Not owe a repayment of any grants funds previously received
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Register with Selective Service, if you are a male between the ages 18 and 25.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in order to be eligible for student loans.
    • 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). 

When to Apply

The FAFSA application must be completed each year.  To ensure full access to all available financial aid programs, students should submit the application as soon as possible after January. Priority consideration for the North Dakota State Grant and campus-based aid (FWS, SEOG, and Federal Perkins) is given to those who have their FAFSA received by the Central Processor by April 15th. 

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. 

Students applying for summer aid must complete a separate Summer Financial Aid application. This becomes available as soon as the summer session schedule for a given year is released. Students must be enrolled in six or more credit hours to be eligible for federal student aid. Alternative (private) loans may be available for students enrolled in less than six credits. 

Steps to Financial Aid At DSU

Step 1: File your FAFSA

File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible each year. You may file the FAFSA electronically using FAFSA on the Web. You can access this online at www.fafsa.gov

We encourage all students and parents who are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to do so when completing the FAFSA. 

When you complete the FAFSA application you will need to indicate that you intend to be enrolled at Dickinson State University. The identification code for Dickinson State is 002989 

Starting with the 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), these changes will be in effect:

  • *You’ll be able to submit your FAFSA earlier. You can file your 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling you to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.
  • *You’ll use earlier income and tax information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, you—and your parent(s), as appropriate—will report your 2015 income and tax information, rather than your 2016 income and tax information.
  • The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information. 
When a Student is Attending College (School Year)When a Student Can Submit a FAFSAWhich Year's Income and Tax Information is Required
July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016January 1, 2015 - June 30, 20162014
July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017January 1, 2016 - June 30, 20172015
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018January 1, 2017 - June 30, 20182015
July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019January 1, 2018 - June 30, 20192016

Step 2: Apply for your Federal Personal Identification Number (FSA ID)

You as a student and one parent (if providing parent information) should obtain a Federal Student Aid ID. The FSA ID allows you (and your parents) to sign the FAFSA electronically, to access, or to correct the processed FAFSA information. You can apply for a FSA ID at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid 

Step 3: Apply for Institutional Scholarships

Student Scholarships are awarded through the Dickinson State University Heritage Foundation. Students can submit an application to the Heritage Foundation. Priority is given to applications received prior to January 31st, and you must re-apply annually. Applications are available online.

Step 4: Review you Student Aid Report (SAR)

You will receive an electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) approximately 3-5 days after you submit your FAFSA online, or you will receive a paper copy of the SAR within 7-10 days (if you did not provide an email address on your FAFSA). 

The SAR is the summary of the information that you provided on the FAFSA. Be sure to review the SAR information carefully and make any necessary changes by going to the FAFSA website. 

Step 5: Submit Verification Documents

If you have applied for admission to Dickinson State University and entered our school code on your FAFSA then DSU will receive your FAFSA information electronically a week after it was submitted. If needed, the Office of Financial Aid will send you a request for additional information. 

You may be selected for verification. [NOTE: Failure to submit required documents may result in delay in awarding and disbursement or late fees being applied to your account. Federal aid will not disburse until verification is complete.] 

It is very important not to ignore notifications from the Financial Aid office. If you receive a notice you don’t understand, please call and we will help explain what we need and why. You can reach us by phone Monday – Friday 7:45-4:30 p.m. MT at 701-483-2371 

Step 6: Review and Accept your Award Notice

Returning students will be notified when they have been awarded various federal, state and instructional funds via their campus email account. The student must electronically accept/decline their award(s) via on Campus Connections, Student Center > Finances > Financial Aid > Accept/Decline Awards, before disbursement will be made. 

Students must notify the Office of Financial Aid of changes in enrollment status or of additional resources received. 

Please read this carefully and contact the Office of Financial if you have questions.

You can reach us by phone Monday – Friday 7:45-4:30 p.m. MT Phone: 701-483-2371 email: dsu.financialaid@dickinsonstate.edu 

Step 7: Complete Entrance Counseling

You can access the entrance counseling online at studentloans.gov. You will need to complete entrance counseling and you MPN prior to the beginning of your first semester at Dickinson State University. 

Step 8: Sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN)

If you were awarded a federal student loan you will need to complete entrance counseling and a Master Promissory note (MPN). You can learn more about student loan programs online at: http://studentaid.ed.gov/.