BHSU and the FAFSA® Form

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is the application for federal student aid. And, as the name implies, it is free! You are not required to complete the form to attend BHSU, but you may miss out on funding opportunities if you choose to not complete it.

When completing the FAFSA® form, be sure to list BHSU's school code: 003459. We will not be sent your data if you do not have us listed as a school to receive it.

Who should complete the FAFSA® form?

Any student, regardless of income, who is interested in federal aid, including grants, loans, and work-study. 

Why should I complete the FAFSA® form?

The BHSU Student Financial Aid Office uses data from the FAFSA® form to determine how much financial aid you are eligible to receive. Work-study and loans require you to accept them and will not be paid to your account without that active confirmation. 

When should I complete the FAFSA® form?

You will want to complete the FAFSA® form as soon as it opens. Some funds are limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The 2024-25 FAFSA opened late-December 2023. This form is for the Summer 2024, Fall 2024, and Spring 2025 semesters/terms. For information regarding the changes to the 2024-25 form, please visit our BHSU page or the Federal Student Aid website.

The 2025-26 FAFSA is anticipated to open in October 2024. 

Where do I go and what do I need to complete the FAFSA® form?

You will complete the online FAFSA at Federal Student Aid. 

You will need some personal documents and financial information to complete the form. We recommend keeping a copy of your financial information in case you need it later. These include:

  • Student's verified account username and password 
  • Contributor's (parent or spouse) verified account username and password
  • Parent or spouse contributor name, date of birth, Social Security number, and email address
  • Income and asset information (if required)
    • For the 2024-2025 FAFSA, you will use calendar year 2022 tax information.
  • BHSU's school code: 003459
What else do I need to know or do after I submit the FAFSA® form?
  • Be sure to apply for admission to BHSU if you haven't done so already. 
  • Watch for the email address listed on the FAFSA® form for your Submission Summary from Federal Student Aid.
  • Keep an eye on your Yellow Jackets email for your aid offer, updates, and required items. This is our main way of communicating important information regarding your financial aid to you.
  • Reach out to our office if you have questions! We are here and happy to help!

Contact Info

Student Financial Aid Office
Woodburn 114 Map
Phone: 605.642.6145

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