Who May Apply

Students applying for federal financial aid must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate financial need (as determined by the federal financial aid analysis process), except for some loan programs;
  • Have a high school diploma, or a recognized equivalent such as a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law;
  • Be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen;
  • Be enrolled as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program;
  • Have a valid Social Security number;
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress;
  • Register with the Selective Service (if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25);
  • Not be in default or owe a repayment on a Student Financial Assistance grant or loan; and
  • Not have been convicted under Federal or State law of possession or sale of illegal drugs while receiving federal aid.

The Department of Education or Dickinson State University may require students, through a process called verification, to document the information provided on their financial aid application. If the applicant does not provide the requested documentation, federal aid funds will not be disbursed.

Students are required to repay any financial aid received as a result of inaccurate information. (Any person who intentionally misrepresents facts on the application violates federal law and may be subject to a $20,000 fine and/or imprisonment).