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Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions FAQ

Please refer to the Admissions FAQ Page.

Financial Aid FAQ

Financial Aid Office Number: 605-718-2988

What is Western Dakota Tech’s school code? 010170

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

Where would I find Western Dakota Tech’s Financial Aid Forms? All institutional FA forms requested by the FA office are located on Western Dakota Tech’s website at, 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 FAFSA each year using prior-prior year taxes. 

How do I apply for scholarships? There are many opportunities for students to apply for scholarships. Visit the Scholarships page and Build Dakota Scholarship Fund page to learn more.

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 receive financial aid funds, you need to have the FAFSA submitted, have all the requested paperwork completed, and have completed your MPN online at 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 at least 67% of their classes for which they received aid each semester. Students have a maximum time frame of 150 percent of Western Dakota Tech’s published catalog course requirements to remain eligible for aid through the successful completion of their program.

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? Yes

Can I get financial aid if I am an Undecided or Dual enrollment student? No

When are Financial Aid staff available? Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

Student Accounts FAQ

What is the cost to attend Western Dakota Tech? Please refer to the Cost Page.

When do I pay my tuition and fees? Tuition and fee balances are due by the first week of class.  Students can contact Student Accounts to set up a payment plan if needed.

Where do I pay for my tuition and fees? In the Student Accounts office, located in Enrollment Services in Dakota Hall.

How do I receive my Financial Aid? Western Dakota Tech disburses your Financial Aid by crediting your Student Account.  Western Dakota Tech will collect the amount due for your tuition and fees and calculate your credit balance.  All students, receiving Federal Pell Grant funds, must attend the courses they are enrolled in before receiving a refund.  

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

What if I have Third Party Funding?  (VA, WIA, BIA, etc.) 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 before the semester starts.  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.

How do I purchase my books? Bookstore charges may be available one week prior to classes starting, if all Financial Aid paperwork is complete, or written authorization has been received from Third Party agencies. Vouchers will be provided through the Student Accounts Office. 

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