Apply for Financial Aid (DCP)
Steps to Apply for Financial Aid
1. Apply for admission.
Students interested in the DCP program should contact LuAnn Grossman at
. Students must be accepted for admission before financial aid offers can be made.
2. Apply for a Department of Education PIN (personal identification number).
Apply for your PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. The student and at least one parent (if the student is dependent) should apply for a PIN before completing the FAFSA. The PIN will serve as the electronic signature when filing the FAFSA on-line, as well as making corrections to your electronic FAFSA. It also allows you to e-sign a Master Promissory Note (eMPN).
3. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1, 2013 and include the USF school code (003469).
The FAFSA can be completed on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA allows you to be considered for aid from Federal Financial Aid Programs. When applying on-line, print a copy of your confirmation page after submitting the FAFSA. After filing the FAFSA, you will receive an email notification with instructions on how to access your Student Aid Report (SAR). If you provided an email address on the FAFSA, please allow 3-5 business days to receive a SAR notification. If you didn't include an email address, please allow approximately two weeks to receive your SAR via postal mail.
- If there are extraordinary circumstances in your family's situation that you feel aren't reflected on the FAFSA, you should provide documentation, including a written statement, explaining those circumstances to the Director of Financial Aid. Special Circumstances are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
4. Respond quickly to requests for additional information.
The University of Sioux Falls may request additional information in order to verify the information on your FAFSA. You may be requested to submit official documents such as a Tax Transcript, provided by the IRS, or other certified information.
5. Investigate sources for other scholarships.
- Ask your employer (or your parents' employers) about scholarship possibilities.
- Check with community organizations, or organizations you and your family are part of, about possible scholarships.
- Do research at the library.
- Check out scholarships on the Internet.