Because receiving financial aid involves both your home university and a government agency, it is important to allow six to eight weeks to complete the process–
So get your application started as soon as possible if you plan to use grants or loans to pay for tuition and school supplies.
1. Be Degree-SeekingApply for (and receive) degree-seeking admission to the university where you will be pursuing a degree. Students admitted with special or non-degree status are not eligible for financial aid.
2. Be at Least a Part-time StudentEnroll in a degree program, taking classes worth 6 or more undergraduate credit hours each semester to maintain at least part-time status.
6-8 credits=part-time (perhaps two 3-credit classes) 9-11 credits=three-quarter time (perhaps three 3-credit classes) 12 or more credits=full-time (perhaps four 3-credit classes)
3. Apply for Financial AidAlthough your financial aid is processed at the university delivering your degree program, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. If necessary, call CUC’s Financial Aid Coordinator at (605) 773-3023 for assistance with the application. Turnaround time with the federal processor is approximately three weeks, at which time information on the application will be sent to your home university.
4. Renew Your FAFSA Every YearYou must renew your FAFSA every year, as soon as possible after you complete your tax return. If you are under 24, you are still considered a dependent of your parents and you must have your parents’ tax information from the previous year UNLESS you are married AND/OR have a child.
5. Other Financial Aid Information
• Your combined course registration for all your scheduled classes will be used to evaluate your full-time or part-time financial aid status.
• Your academic standing, your successful completion rate for classes you have attempted in your academic career, and the number of times you have repeated a course will also be used to determine your financial aid awards each semester.
• You may enroll in classes from any South Dakota public universities; however, your financial aid will be awarded through your home university. Your home school code will be used on the FAFSA.
• Delay in filing your application for financial aid may result in a delay in receiving funds prior to classes beginning. If this occurs, students are responsible for having alternative funds available in order to make their tuition payment.
6. Request for VerificationIf you receive a request for verification, call CUC (605-773-2160) to arrange an office visit to complete and/or return the necessary form as soon as possible in order to be granted your financial aid.
- CALL: 1-605-688-4695
- CALL: 1-605-658-6250
- CALL: 1-605-626-2640
- CALL: 1-605-642-6145
- CALL: 1-605-394-2274
- CALL: 1-605- 256-5152
If you have questions while completing these steps, check with the financial aid office of your degree-granting (home) university to make sure your application is completed properly. Click on your university below for the phone number:
What comes next?
Upon receiving notification of your financial aid award, call CUC (605-773-2160) to arrange an office visit to complete and/or return the necessary form in order to accept your financial aid.
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