Seven Steps to Financial Aid

As you go through these steps, don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions or are unclear about any part of the process.

Step1

Apply for admission

Apply for admission and receive a letter of acceptance into one of the Degree Completion Programs at the University of Sioux Falls.

Step2

File Your FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov and have the results sent to USF (school code 003469). The FAFSA form must be renewed on an annual basis.

If there are extraordinary circumstances in your family's situation that you feel aren't reflected on the FAFSA, please contact the Financial Aid Office. Special Circumstances are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Step3

Respond 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.

Step4

Enroll in a minimum of 6 credits

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester in courses required to complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Step5

Receive your award letter

Students will receive an award letter from the USF Financial Aid Office annually when they have completed the above steps and as long as they are eligible to receive financial aid.

Step6

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.
  • Check out USF's Outside Scholarships and research additional scholarship opportunities on the Internet.
Step7

Investigate other financing options

Students needing financial assistance to complete one of these programs have other financing options for semesters when federal loans are not available. Students can apply for a private alternative bank loan or an interest free payment plan. See the Alternative Funding Sources page for further details on these options.