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. Submit online as soon after October 1, 2020 as possible at 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 Angie Faulkner in the Financial Aid Office at 

605.642.6145 or 

1.800.ALL.BHSU [255.2478] (Access the Financial Aid Prompt) or

email us at

FAFSA Online

  1. Apply for admission to BHSU if you have not already done so.
  2. Gather your 2019 tax information.
  3. Complete the FAFSA after October 1, 2020 for the 2021-22 academic year. The FAFSA can be completed online 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 code [003459] so we receive the results.
  6. Apply as early as possible to meet the December 1, 2020, priority deadline.
  7. Use the Worksheet available online or get a hard copy from your school if completing online FAFSA. Read instructions carefully. 
  8. Round to whole dollars.
  9. If the answer to an item would be "none", "not applicable", or "unknown" fill in that item with a "0".
  10. Do not list the net value of a farm if it is the principal place of residence and you or your parents claimed on Schedule F of your tax return that you/they participated in the farm's operation. Do not list the net value of a small business if you qualify under the description listed on the FAFSA.
  11. Keep photocopies of application and tax forms.
  12. Submit the completed FAFSA electronically using the FSA ID of the student (and parent, if applicable) to the processor or print off the signature page and mail it in.
  13. You will be notified if verification information, such as tax forms or other documents, is needed.
  14. You will receive a Student Aid Report via email, or mail if you did not include an accurate email address.
  15. Make any necessary corrections on your Student Aid Report; this can be done by going back out to  
  16. Keep in contact with Student Financial Services 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