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Applying For Aid

Take the next step toward your affordable education by completing the FAFSA.

Please Note: The FAFSA for the 24-25 aid year will be available in December 2023

To apply for financial aid at the University of South Dakota, you will need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Get started by following these three easy steps:

Step 1: Obtain a FAFSA ID

All students, and parents of dependent students, should apply for a U.S. Department of Education FAFSA ID online. Your FAFSA ID can be used to sign your FAFSA electronically, making the application process simpler and faster.

Step 2: Complete and Submit Your FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There is no charge for submitting the FAFSA.

The FAFSA will be available beginning at the end of December. File your FAFSA by USD's priority deadline of April 1 to be considered for certain limited funds.

List the University of South Dakota' school code of 003474 on your FAFSA. Print and keep a copy of your submitted FAFSA form for your record.

The FAFSA for the 23-24 aid year is currently available. The FAFSA for the 24-25 aid year will be available in December 2023.

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Step 3: Watch for Your Student Aid Report

Student Aid Report (SAR). When you're admitted, you will receive a Student Aid Report indicating the results of the FAFSA. Check the SAR for accuracy and make any necessary corrections.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the amount your family is expected to contribute to your education. This amount is calculated from the information you provided on the FAFSA and is listed on your Student Aid Report.

Verification. If your application is selected for a process called Verification, you will be notified by the Enrollment Service Center (ESC) to complete the Verification Form and submit any required documentation. Do not submit documentation unless it is requested.

Notification. You will receive an email when your Financial Aid Award Notification is ready for viewing. Please follow the instructions to electronically accept and submit your award notification.

Your Timeline

Prospective Students

The University of South Dakota's Office of Financial Aid administers a comprehensive program of federal, state and institutional aid. With more than 90% of all USD students receiving some form of financial assistance, we encourage you to apply for financial aid early and prior to USD priority deadline of April 1. 

Current Undergraduate Students

If you applied for financial aid in the previous year, the Office of Financial Aid will notify you in January on how to apply for aid in the coming year. If you do not receive information about how to apply, you should contact the Office of Financial Aid in early February.

Remember, you must complete a new FAFSA for each academic year that you wish to receive aid.


Changes are coming to the FAFSA for the 24-25 Aid Year

The FAFSA Simplification Act represents a number of changes, including changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, please visit FAFSA Simplification Act.


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