If you are interested in applying for financial aid, you need to meet specific conditions and process the appropriate forms before financial aid eligibility can be determined. If you are applying for financial aid, it is necessary for you to be admitted to a degree program with one of the universities. Your home university will be your coordinator of financial aid.
FAFSA School Codes:
You can take classes from all the universities; however, you must put your home university school code on the FAFSA.
It is necessary to apply for financial aid each year. Delay in filing your application for financial aid may result in a delay in receiving funds prior to classes beginning. If this occurs, students are responsible to have alternative funds available in order to make payment. Because the financial aid process involves several steps, it is important to allow six (6) to eight (8) weeks to complete the process.
Students may also complete the FAFSA form online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Shirley Brownell is available at BHSU-RC to answer questions and assist with all aspects of the financial aid process. She works closely with the Spearfish campus, acting as a liaison to ensure that each student’s particular needs are addressed with confidentiality. Please call her at 605-718-4113 or email her at Shirley.Brownell@bhsu.edu for an appointment or to verify that she is available to meet with you on a walk‐in basis.
The Financial Aid Process*
1. Complete the FAFSA Application (No Application Fee).
2. Loan Entrance or Exit Counseling
3. Master Promissory Note
*All are completed online.
There are computers available at the BHSU-RC for students without Internet access at home. Computer lab hours can be found HERE.
FAFSA verification documents, BHSU award letters and other financial aid documents may be turned in to Shirley at the BHSU-RC.
Financial Aid Refunds
Refunds are available to students who have:
1. Registered for classes
2. Accepted financial aid in excess of their tuition and fees on their BHSU award letter
3. Completed their Attendance Confirmation via WebAdvisor prior to each Spring & Fall Semester, and
3. Have a financial aid file that is complete
Refunds for qualifying students will be direct deposited or mailed a few days prior to the start of the semester and will be available for you to purchase books the first week of classes.
It is recommended that you request via WebAdvisor the direct deposit of your refund to ensure the safety and timeliness of receiving your refund on WebAdvisor.
Deferments should be requested to avoid late charges.
Deferments are available only if an award letter has been received, but financial aid is not yet available to cover your bill by the semester due date.
Please call Shirley Brownell at 605-718-4113 or stop in at the BHSU-RC just prior to or at the start of the semester, to discuss whether a deferment is an option for you.
Dropping classes or withdrawing from the university can have negative effects on financial aid that has already been disbursed to your account or refunded to you.
If you have already received financial aid and are thinking of dropping classes or withdrawing from the university, please call Shirley Brownell at 605-718-4113 or stop in at the BHSU-RC to determine what the financial consequences will be in your particular situation.
Please make certain that you withdraw from classes which you do not intend to attend. Even if you do not attend class, you may find yourself being held financially responsible for payment of the class. This may not occur until after the end of the semester and consequently you may find yourself in a difficult repayment situation and at risk for being turned over to collections.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
In order to continue receiving federal student aid, the U.S. Department of Education requires that students maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward the completion of their degrees. The satisfactory academic progress policy established by the BHSU Financial Aid Office requires that all students must complete at least 67% of the cumulative attempted hours as well as maintaining a cumulative 2.00 GPA. Carefully consider the number of credit hours you can complete successfully each semester given your personal situation and seek advice when adding or dropping courses so you are able to continue making satisfactory academic progress and receiving federal aid. Shirley Brownell can assist you with questions you might have. She can be reached at 605-718-4113.
For more information about DSU financial aid please go to DSU Financial Aid or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-378-9988.
For more information about NSU financial aid please go to NSU Financial Aid or email email@example.com or call 605-626-2640.
For more information about SDSU financial aid please go to SDSU Financial Aid or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-952-3541 or 605-718-4145.
For more information about USD financial aid please go to USD Financial Aid or email UC-RC@usd.edu or call 605-677-5446.