The FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid) will be available after January 1, 2016 at www.fafsa.gov and should be completed as soon as possible after this date. It is easiest to complete the FAFSA if your 2015 taxes are completed. You must complete this form if you wish to apply for grants, loans, and work-study (on campus federally subsidized employment). Both student and parent must apply for a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. This Personal Identification Number is needed when applying for Federal Financial Aid. Looking for the necessary Federal School Codes?
The Western Undergraduate Exchange allows some South Dakota students to attend out-of state schools at a reduced tuition rate. Virtually all undergraduate fields are available to WUE students at the participating colleges and universities. Some institutions have opened their entire curriculum on a space-available or first-come, first-serve basis; others offer only designated programs.
Unsure about how to apply for a student loan? Lots of helpful information regarding paying for college can be accessed through the website. GLHEC is the guarantee agency for student loans in South Dakota. You will find information about several types of student loans, interest rates and a payment schedule. GLHEC Web Site
The SHS Counseling Office maintains various scholarship opportunities. All seniors should familiarize themselves with scholarship application procedures. Scholarship applications are updated on a continuous basis and deadlines are posted in our office. Students are responsible for picking up and returning completed applications to our office. Nearly all applications are mailed through our office so that we may include an official transcript with the application. Students are also encouraged to conduct an Internet scholarship search . Another recommended scholarship search program is www.fastweb.com
Where to begin? We suggest www.fafsa.ed.gov . This site contains a college cost projector, a savings plan designer and a family contribution estimator as well as a scam alert.