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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.

The first step in applying for Federal Student Aid is completing a 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).

Applying for aid can be overwhelming, but it's important to remember that the FAFSA exists to help students achieve their educational goals. The Financial Aid staff at Western Dakota Tech is here to answer any questions and help you succeed.

Tips for filling out your FAFSA:

  • 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. 
  • Western Dakota Tech's school code is 010170
  • You will need your tax information, you can 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

You will use your FSA ID to log into the Federal Student Loan system and complete Entrance Counseling and your Master Promissory Note (MPN). Entrance Counseling ensures you understand your obligation to repay your loans and the MPN is how you agree to the terms of the loan.

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.

After that, it's time to get started in your program!

Eligibility Requirements for Federal Financial Aid
To receive federal financial aid, students must:

  1. Have a high school diploma or GED
  2. Be accepted to Western Dakota Tech as a degree-seeking student (with enough credits to be at least a half-time student)
  3. Have a valid Social Security Number
  4. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  5. Register with Selective Service if you are a male between the ages of 18-24
  6. Maintain satisfactory academic progress

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