Our Dakota Dream is that every South Dakotan can achieve their dreams – and we know that many of those dreams require education after high school. Postsecondary certifications can take many forms, and many dreams can be achieved by attending college, which is made more affordable when you receive financial aid. Let’s connect to talk about your Dakota Dream and take the first steps to help make it come true.


A college degree can help make your dreams a reality. Think about the business owners, doctors, graphic designers, or teachers who are living their best lives doing the work they love – their dreams were in large part thanks to access to higher education.

Did you know that most professional dreams require a college degree and that earning a college degree can increase your earnings by more than one million dollars during the course of your career?  A college degree is also one of the best ways to become a leader in your community and build a successful life for your family.

This fall, we are extending free college application week so, APPLICATION TO PARTICIPATING SOUTH DAKOTA COLLEGES IS FREE TO EVERY SOUTH DAKOTAN FOR SIX WEEKS – from high school to stay-at-home moms and everyone in between, Your Dakota Dreams can be supported when you take the steps toward your Dakota Dream and apply for free!     

From October 18 – November 30, Our Dakota Dream is for as many South Dakotans to take this key step and explore their dreams of higher education by applying to college during the free College Access Campaign. 

Think you can’t afford college? There’s a lot of money available to support your Dakota Dream, but you won’t know until you get started. 

What is the FAFSA? 
The FAFSA is the gateway to getting money to help pay for college and pursuing Your Dakota Dream – a single form to help you learn how much aid you could receive. To access federal grants, local college scholarships, work-study, low-cost loans, and many state programs like South Dakota’s SMART grants, your FAFSA application helps you find the easiest and least expensive pathway to earning a college degree – one of the best ways to contribute to your community and build a successful life for your family. 

Filling out FAFSA

Filling our your FAFSA is a key step to unlocking your college dreams, because FAFSA is the gateway to money for college. FAFSA can require persistence and often times, a little help. The key to success is creating a timeline to meet FAFSA deadlines and working with the many resources available to get started.

FAFSA is one of the first steps to starting on a path to your dreams, because it unlocks financial aid from so many different sources. Research shows that each year $2-3 billion in federal aid is left unclaimed – it’s time to get your share! Postsecondary education can be affordable and is accessible at any age. 

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Board of Regents Launches Our Dakota Dream Coalition, Extends Free College Application Campaign

All SD Colleges, Universities Extend Free Application Period to Six Weeks for South Dakota Residents 

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Regents announced the launch of the Dakota Dream coalition today as part of an ongoing effort to encourage South Dakotans to pursue postsecondary education. READ MORE

Dakota Dream Coalition Campaign Launched | Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan | October 29, 2021 | READ MORE

South Dakota’s 6 public universities to waive application fees until Nov. 30 | Keloland | October 26, 2021 | READ MORE

South Dakota Universities Waive Higher Ed Application Fees | Fierce Education | October 22, 2021 | READ MORE

South Dakota students can apply to college for free until November 30th | KOTA | October 20, 2021 | READ MORE

Our Dakota Dream campaign extends free college applications in South Dakota | Keloland | October 20, 2021 | READ MORE

South Dakota Board of Regents waive college application fees now until Nov. 30 | Sioux Falls Argus Leader | October 19, 2021 | READ MORE

The coalition is funded by a national grant through the South Dakota
Department of Education and coordinated through the Board of Regents