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Applying for Aid

Federal Student Aid is one of the most common methods used by students to pay for their education. Below you'll find information and instructions on applying for Federal Student Aid. Students and parents can also find additional information about federal aid at the Federal Student Aid website or by contacting the Western Dakota Tech Financial Aid Team.

To begin applying for aid:

  • Before filling out your FAFSA, you will need to create your FSA ID. Your FSA ID gives you access to the Federal Student Aid online system and can also act as your legal signature. 
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the form you will use whether you are applying for federal loans, work study, grants, or a combination of these. The FAFSA will determine your eligibility for Federal Student Aid (FSA).
  • Western Dakota Tech's school code is 010170
  • You will need your tax information, you will use your prior prior year tax information. For example you will use your 2015 tax return when applying for aid for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Be sure to use your name exactly as it appears on your Social Security Card

If you plan to accept all or a portion of the loans, you must complete Entrance Counseling and your Master Promissory Note (MPN)  You will do this through the Federal Student Loan system and use your FSA ID. Entrance Counseling ensures you understand your obligation to repay your loans and the MPN is how you agree to the terms of the loan.

You may be selected for Verification. The Financial Aid Office will notify you if additional documentation is required.

Next, you will receive a Financial Aid Award letter from Western Dakota Tech. This will outline the types of funding you are eligible for and you will be able to accept some or all of the award. Our Financial Aid Department will help you through the process of accepting your aid.

Your Financial Aid Award Letter informs you of the financial aid you are eligible for based on the FAFSA completed. You may be offered a loan even though you did not request one. The award letter lists the types of aid (grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships), as well as the amounts you can expect to receive each semester.

Read your award letter carefully and contact the Financial Aid Office at Western Dakota Tech if you wish to decline any or part of the aid listed. If the Western Dakota Tech Financial Aid Office does not receive a communication from the student, they assume you are accepting all the aid offered and that you understand and accept the rules and conditions affecting your financial aid. Check the number of credits you told us you would take each semester. Report any changes in enrollment, your name, and/or address.

If you have a source of educational funding that is not listed on the award letter, inform us either via email at finaid@wdt.edu or in writing. Examples of additional funding that must be reported include Vocational Rehabilitation, Veteran’s Benefits, WIAO, Tribal grants or loans, all scholarships, stipends, and grants. If you learn about additional funding after you have received your award letter, you are required to notify the Financial Aid Office in writing as soon as possible and a Revised Award Letter will be issued.

Be sure to contact the Western Dakota Tech Financial Aid Office if you wish to reject any of the financial aid offered.  We will email you a revised award letter if you make corrections or if we determine that any information that was used in making this award is incorrect.


Note on Financial Aid Summer Session: Summer Financial Aid is based on the FAFSA information used to determine eligibility for the previous fall and spring semesters.

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