Paying for College

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Paying for College SD

Easy-to-follow videos narrated by Black Hills TV host Anya Mueller guide you through the process of planning for your future and making wise financial choices.

Preparing for College: Financial Tips

Starting your kids on the right track can help them make good choices about spending, saving, and borrowing. Preparing your kids to make smart choices right now can help them avoid unnecessary financial stress in the future.

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Financial Aid 101

This 2 page fact-sheet talks about the most important things a person needs to know about Financial Aid: main sources of financial aid; basic information about the FAFSA application; other places to look for financial aid; and questions families could ask a college’s financial aid office if the student’s financial aid does not cover the costs of the college expenses.

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FAFSA Checklist

A helpful detailed checklist of the required information that a student and family will need to provide on the FAFSA application and where to find it. The checklist includes dependency status questions.

Select Dakota Scholarships

Check out the lists of scholarships for South Dakotans, including those offered by postsecondary colleges and communities.

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Game of College

This is a fun interactive game about graduating from college with little or no debt based upon your family characteristics. Can you do it?

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American Indian College Fund

This is an excellent website because its mission is to increase the number of Native American college graduates. It provides multiple resources regarding preparing for college, scholarships, student development, and getting the job.

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Federal Student Aid

The official site where students apply for federal government financial aid. Other information includes understanding aid, work study and managing loans.

myStudentAid Mobile App

You can complete the FAFSA form on a mobile device with the same ease as on a desktop or laptop computer. The website fits the screen size and shape of any device, including desktop or laptop computers and mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets.

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This website breaks down the FAFSA application by providing very short step-by-step videos on how to fill out the FAFSA.


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