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The Value of a College Education

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A college education in an investment in your future, and it's hard to find a better educational value than USD.  The Office of Financial Aid works with students and parents to explore the many resources available to help make your college education even more affordable.

Important Loan Information

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
A listing of all of your federal loans is available through the National Student Loan Data System Use your FAFSA PIN to log in and view all your Federal Stafford and Perkins loans and servicer information. (Private loan information is not available through this site.)

Consolidating Your Loans
Based on when you borrowed and who will be servicing your loan, you may find you will have to make payments to two separate servicers:

  • Loans borrowed under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) prior to the 10-11 academic year, will be assigned to a servicer by your lender.
  • Loans borrowed from 10-11  to the present are held by Direct Loans.  

If you find yourself in this situation, the Office of Financial Aid recommends that you consolidate your loans in order to simplify your repayment. To find out more information about consolidation, please visit the Federal Direct Consolidation Loans website.

Quick Links

bulletStafford Master Promissory Note (MPN)
Use the above link to begin the Direct Loan Conversion process and complete your new Master Promissory Note (MPN) More info for current USD students (login required)
bulletStafford & Grad Plus Loan Entrance Counseling
bulletExit Counseling

bulletParent Plus Loan 

Important Information

USD's priority deadline for submitting your FAFSA is April 15. FAFSA's received after this date may still be considered.


The Office of Financial Aid subscribes to the principles set forth in the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals and the USD Financial Aid Code of Conduct.



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