College Course Financial Aid Available

There's a number of resources to utilize when planning to pay for college courses. Below you'll find a short list of the first places you should explore for college financial aid. The financial aid office of the university to which you applied is a great resource as well.

Scholarships

Capital City Campus is privileged to work with a number of businesses, organizations and individuals passionate about giving students financial assistance to pursue higher education goals. View a list of scholarships available to qualified CCC students.

Aid Within Your Business

Students in need of financial aid are urged to look for possible educational policies aimed at aiding with university tuition at their companies or organizations. The National Guard, AFDC Veteran’s benefits, Job Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Midwest Farm-workers Employment and Training, Inc. all offer financial assistance to qualifying students.

P.E.O. Sisterhood

The P. E. O. offers grant opportunities and low-interest loans to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves or their families. For more information, contact Vonnie Shields 605-224-7779. Chapter AB, P. E. O., also has information for loans, grants, scholarships, and Cottey College. To learn more, contact Sally Christenson at 605-222-0606.

Federal Aid

All degree-seeking part-time and full-time students are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid with the online FAFSA application. To be considered at least a part-time student you must be enrolled in a degree program and taking classes worth 6 or more undergraduate credit hours each semester.

Your financial aid is processed by the university delivering your degree after you complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. You may enroll in classes from any South Dakota public universities; however, your financial aid will be awarded through your home university. Your home school code will be used on the FAFSA.

Allow Adequate Time - Apply for financial aid right away if you plan to use it. Your home university might not get the funds for your tuition payment before the semester starts if you apply later than a month before the semester starts. If this happens, you will need to work with your home university’s financial aid office because you will be responsible for covering the tuition cost (or a first payment) for the time before the funds arrive.

Award Factors - Keep in mind, financial need isn't the only consideration for awarding grants and low-cost loans. The FAFSA also considers your academic standing, your successful completion rate for classes you have attempted in your academic career, and the number of times you have repeated a course.

Renewal Annually - You must renew your FAFSA every year, as soon as possible after you complete your tax return. If you are under 24, you are still considered a dependent of your parents and you must have your parents’ tax information from the previous year UNLESS you are married AND/OR have a child.

Verifications - If you receive a request for verification, be sure to complete the verification as soon as possible. For help, contact your home university’s financial aid office.