Frequently Asked Questions


Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office Number: 605-718-2988


How do I apply for Financial Aid (FREE Application for Federal Student Aid – FAFSA)?

Students apply for federal student aid (grants and loans) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.


Where would I find WDT’s Financial Aid Forms?

All institutional FA forms requested by the FA office are located on WDT’s website at www.wdt.edu, under the financial aid link. Be sure to know the year in which the form is required and click on the appropriate year.


Do I have to reapply for financial aid every year?

Yes, if you are a returning student, you need to complete a new FAFSA every year after Federal tax returns are done.


How do I apply for scholarships?

Scholarship applications are available on-line on WDT’s website at www.wdt.edu, under the scholarship link. Students must register with the STARS online scholarship system and can select their own user name and password.


Must I provide parents information?

You are a dependent student (must provide parent’s information) unless you can answer “yes” to one of the questions in Section 2 of the FAFSA


What is the deadline to apply for financial aid?

You can apply for financial aid at any time. To have financial aid funds available on payment of tuition and fee days, you need to have the FAFSA submitted 4 to 6 weeks before payment of tuition and fee days, have all the requested paperwork completed, and have completed your MPN online at www.wdt.edu. You must have completed all the Admissions requirements.


How can I be sure to remain eligible for financial aid for my entire program?

Students must be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress, which includes earning a minimum cumulative 2.0 gpa and successfully completing the enrollment status for which they received aid each semester. Students have a maximum time frame of 150 percent of WDT’s published catalog course requirements to remain eligible for aid through the successful completion of their program.


What is WDT’s school code?



Have my financial aid funds arrived?

Financial Aid funds are sent directly to the Student Accounts office.


What FAFSA do I complete if I am starting the summer semester?

Summer is always paid from the previous year’s FAFSA.


What is considered full-time for financial aid for summer semester?

12 credits


Can I get financial aid for part-time enrollment?



Can I get financial aid if I am an Undecided or Dual enrollment student?




When are Financial Aid staff available?

Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm


General Information:

Students can hand in any financial aid forms to the front desk, and they are placed in the FA Office “in box”.  NOTE: if there is a signature block, please ensure the signature is included accordingly.


Student Accounts


Q:        What is the cost to attend WDT?

A:        The cost to attend WDT is $187.00 per credit hour for on-campus classes and $222.00 per credit hour for online classes.  There may be other fees for your chosen program.  Please refer to the 14/15 Cost Sheet.


Q:        When do I pay my tuition and fees?

A:        Tuition and fee balances are due by the first day of class, Monday, August 25, 2014, for Fall 2014.  WDT will withdraw any student from their enrolled courses on Friday, August 29, 2014, if they have not paid their balance or scheduled and paid on a payment plan. 


Q:        Where do I pay for my tuition and fees? 

A:        In the Student Accounts office, located in Enrollment Services in Dakota Hall.


Q:        How do I receive my Financial Aid?

A:        WDT disburses your Financial Aid by crediting your Student Account.  WDT will collect the amount due for your tuition and fees and calculate your overpayment refund.  All students must attend the courses they are enrolled in before receiving a refund.  Students with funds disbursed Monday, August 25, will have a refund check available Wednesday, August 27, in Student Accounts.  Refunds will then be available every Friday.


Q:        How do I know when my Financial Aid will be disbursed?

A:        Students will receive a Direct Loan Anticipated Disbursement Notice in the mail indicating the date of your student loan disbursement.  This will be the date your loan funds, and likely any grant funds, will be credited to Student Account balances.




Q:        What if I have Third Party Funding?  (VA, WIA, BIA, etc.)

A:        Any student expecting to receive funding other than Financial Aid must verify with the Student Account Office that they have received a Third Party Funding Authorization by Friday, August 22, 2014.  If the Student Accounts Office does not have the authorization, any tuition and fees due on a student’s account will be collected from Financial Aid funds disbursed or is expected to be paid by the student.  If the student later provides an authorization to Student Accounts, a refund can be processed for any amounts paid by the student or by Financial Aid that the third party intends to pay.


Q:        How do I purchase my books?

A:        WDT does not allow students to charge books to their Student Account unless they have provided us with a Third Party Authorization.  Students can pay for books with personal funds, or they can choose to wait until a Financial Aid refund is available.  Students must check with their instructors to verify when books will be needed for coursework.