The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a federal government program to help students with college expenses. This application can be a great asset to you. The FAFSA opens * and closes the following . The Office of Financial Aid recommends filing early to be considered for all available aid. *Normally, FAFSA is available . However, the Department of Education is updating the - FAFSA, and it may not be available until . Please refer to the FAFSA Helpful Hints page to learn more about how to fill out the FAFSA. If you have any questions about the FAFSA or about financial aid, contact the BHSU Financial Aid Office at (605)642-6145 or 1-800-ALL-BHSU [255-2478] (Access the Financial Aid Prompt) or email

FAFSA Online

  1. Apply for admission to BHSU if you have not already done so.
  2. For the Spring '24 semester gather your 2021 tax information, or for the Fall '24 semester, gather your 2022 tax information.
  3. Complete the FAFSA at
  4. It is recommended to file online for quicker results. You and your parents (if necessary) will need to establish a username (FSA ID) and password that will serve as your electronic signature. FSA IDs may be obtained at
  5. List BHSU's school code 003459 so we receive the results.
  6. Apply as early as possible to meet the priority deadline.
  7. Round to whole dollars.
  8. If the answer to an item would be "none", "not applicable", or "unknown" fill in that item with a "0".
  9. Keep photocopies of the application and tax forms.
  10. Submit the completed FAFSA electronically using the FSA ID of the student (and parent, if applicable).
  11. You will be notified if verification information, such as tax forms or other documents, are needed.
  12. You will receive a Student Aid Report via email, or mail if you did not include an accurate email address.
  13. Make any necessary corrections on your Student Aid Report; this can be done by going back out to  
  14. Keep in contact with the Financial Aid Office at (605)642-6145 or 1-800-ALL-BHSU [255-2478] or email at

Contact Info

Financial Aid Office
Phone: 605-642-6145
Fax: 605-642-6913

Black Hills State University
1200 University St. Unit 9670
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799-9670