Avg. Federal Grant


Avg. Federal Loan


Total Aid Awarded

Dakota State University (DSU) Financial Aid and Scholarships

Students Receiving Aid Percent of Students Receiving Financial Aid.


Total Aid Amount Average Total Aid Awarded per year.


Financial Aid Official Website


DSU has offered many financial aids over the years to its dedicated students that their total aid amount now reaches up to $54,760,111, with scholarships covering 54% of the student population. This has helped (and still does) students grab numerous opportunities to explore the farthest subject to specific eligibility criteria.

The FAFSA is essential for all enrolled candidates to avail such financial aid programs. To know more, look through the Financial Aid page.


  • DSU Rising Scholarships: The DSU Rising Annual Scholarships have a four-year guarantee of $20,000.

  • Horatio Alger Denny Stanford Scholarship: It awards $10,000 dispersed throughout the student’s college experience.

  • DSU Chamionship Scholarships: DSU Annual Championship Scholarships have a four-year guarantee of $4,000.

  • PEO Chapter CP Scholarship: The scholarship is applicable to the residents of Lake Country amounting to $500.

  • South Dakota Retailers Scholarship: The recipients must graduate from South Dakota High School with a desire in the retail field. It has awards ranging from $2,250 - $3,000.

  • Sioux Empire Rock-A-Betties: This offers awards amounting to $800 for non-traditional students.

  • Hatterscheidt Foundation Scholarship: These are awarded to the South Dakota residents who are in the upper 30% of their current year’s high school graduating class.

To know about other scholarships offered, click on the DSU Scholarships page.

Grants and Loans

It’s important to note that DSU has not divulged its information on grants and loans publicly. For details regarding grants and loans, contact their respective representatives at DSU Admissions.

Financial Aid Breakdown

Student Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid


State Grant Aid


Institution Grant Aid


Pell Grant


Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid


State Grant Aid


Institution Grant Aid


Pell Grant


The federal, state and institutional grants with reasonable figures are denoted below:

  • Federal Grants: This serves 36% of the students with an average aid of $4,351.

  • Pell Grants: This serves 35% of the students with an average aid of $4,044.

  • State Grants: This serves 21% of the students with an average aid of $1,306.

  • Institutional Grants: This serves 72% of the students with an average aid of $1,955.

On average, $5,620 of federal loans is offered by SCSU to support the students financially.

Federal Aid based on Family Income

Family Income

Average Federal Aid Per Year

Under $30,000


$30,001 - $48,000


$48,001 - $75,000


$75,001 - $110,000


Over $110,000


The financial aid offered to students fluctuates between $2,051 and $7,533 based on their family income. The average financial aid amounts to $4,482.The financial aid of  $3,554 is awarded to the majority of students with income categories ranging from $48,001- $75,000. Financial aid amounting to $7,533, $7,413 and $3,554 applies for the students with family income less than $75,000 whereas those with income more than $75,000, are offered with $1,861 and $2,051 financial aid.

Student Loans for Dakota State University (DSU)

Average Loan Amount Average Loan Amount received per year.


Students Taking Out Loans


Loan Default Rate


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