Top 10 questions for Financial Aid
What application materials are needed to apply for financial aid and does the university require its own form in addition to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
The FAFSA is the initial application for all federal aid programs. It can be completed at studentaid.gov. BHSU's school code is 003459. In addition to federal aid, BHSU has a separate process and application for scholarships. The scholarship application can be found at www.BHSU.edu/scholarships. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 605.642.6145 or BHSUfinancial@BHSU.edu for help.
What are the deadlines for submitting financial aid forms?
FAFSA's submitted by December 1 will receive priority consideration for all types of aid. Applications submitted later than December 1 may not be considered for some programs because of limited funding. Further steps will be required of some students after the FAFSA is submitted. Responding promptly to any requests for additional information is necessary to prevent delays in the application process.
When will I be notified of my financial eligibility?
Students who meet the December 1 priority deadline and have submitted all requested documentation should receive an award notice via email by late spring. Those students who apply later in the process should expect to receive an award notice approximately six to eight weeks after submitting the FAFSA.
Will my request for financial aid have any impact on my ability to be admitted to college?
No. Acceptance to BHSU is based on academic standards not financial need. Application for financial aid in no way impacts the admission decision.
Can I fill out the FAFSA electronically?
Yes, go to studentaid.gov. Students and parents should obtain an FSA ID prior to completing the FAFSA so it can be signed electronically, or you must print out the signature page and send it to the Federal processor at the address listed on the signature page. Filing the FAFSA online will reduce your processing time.
Once my financial aid package is awarded, will additional scholarships reduce the amount of financial aid I can receive?
Depending on your federal aid eligibility, additional scholarships can reduce your eligibility for student loans, work-study, and grants other than Pell. Students should not turn down scholarships.
Will your institution meet my full financial need, and will it meet my full financial need for all four years of my attendance?
We will award you the maximum amount possible based on your financial need and the funds we have available. We will also assist you in finding alternative sources of funding, if necessary.
Are there state financial aid programs that I should know about?
If you qualify for South Dakota scholarships, please complete the proper paperwork by deadlines listed at http://www.sdbor.edu/students/payingforcollege.htm. Also refer to ed.gov and key in "state higher education agencies" for state grants.
Does BHSU participate in a tuition payment plan that allows installment payment for each semester's bill?
Yes. Black Hills State University participates in the SD Board of Regents and Nelnet Business Solutions monthly payment plan. Information is available from the Student Financial Services Office at (605) 642-6480.
Where can I find additional sources for financial aid?
Contact: High School Counselors; Veterans' Affairs offices; public libraries; civic groups; religious organizations; fraternities/sororities; or organizations connected with your field of interest. Various web pages also are available to assist you in your search.