Costs and Aid

With so much information out there, it can be hard to navigate. Our Dakota Dreams hopes the academic, career, and financial resources on this site will help you explore your options for college and beyond.   

View the resources below for testing and academic planning information, and access information to financial assistance through your own fund or student aid. For additional details, visit the Estimated Cost of AttendanceScholarship, and Financial Aid pages. 


Test Dates Central

Find all the information you need to know about the major standardized tests (such as ACT, SAT, NCLEX, etc.) which are only given on certain dates throughout the year.

South Dakota My Life

Develop a Personal Learning Plan, complete a career interest survey and an aptitude assessment to help determine career opportunities and goals.

SD My Life

Career Camps are daylong events where students hear from a variety of professionals who discuss what they do and how they entered into their professions. Students also have a chance to participate in many hands-on activities throughout the day to get a feel for what it might be like to work in a particular profession.

South Dakota College Access 529

Some investors prefer to plan their own college savings plan. CollegeAccess 529 can offer South Dakota residents the option of investing directly without the assistance of a financial advisor. Access your account, learn more about saving for college and explore the different options available to South Dakota residents

Student Aid on the Web

Your source for free information from the US Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.