Financial Aid

Get Help Paying For College

Most students receive some sort of financial aid to help pay for college. Exploring your options can help bridge the gap in paying for college and help you take advantage of every dollar.

Financial Aid Options

Financial aid provides money to assist you in paying for college. Grants and scholarships, federal student loans (that need to be repaid, plus interest) or work-study programs are all part of financial aid. Understanding your financial aid options is a critical part of planning and paying for your college education. Make sure you fill out the FAFSA to receive need-based and federal financial aid.

Work Study

Common Financial Aid Questions

How do I apply for federal financial aid?
How will I know what kind of financial aid I qualify for?
What if I have taken out federal financial aid in the past?


Each college has a financial aid office that is responsible for preparing and communicating information on financial aid. These offices help students apply for and receive student loans, grants, scholarships and other types of financial aid.

While college admissions representatives are often the main contacts for prospective students and their families, never hesitate contacting a college financial aid office if you have a financial question.

Financial aid professionals are happy to help students in various ways, including:

  • Completing the FAFSA
  • Advising on financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • Reviewing loan options
  • Estimating college costs and financial aid
  • Counseling on how to pay for college
  • And more


Click the school logos below for financial aid contacts

Related Resources

Mapping Your Future
South Dakota Scholarships
Paying for College Videos
Cost of College
College Savings 101

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