As a relief to the financial burden that the students have to carry while getting a higher education, the state of South Dakota offers innumerable scholarships based on the academic merit as well as the financial needs of the students. The students are offered massive scholarship opportunities by the federal government of the United States, the South Dakota State Corporation, private companies, organizations, universities, colleges and other educational associations in and around the state. These scholarships provide the fund required to meet the educational expenses like the tuition and fees, accommodation, books and supplies, and the other college costs. The scholarships are awarded not to the students who are permanent residents of the state only but to the students who are enrolled or planning to enroll in one of the accredited educational institutions of the state of South Dakota also.
Due to the rapid rising college costs, the students are offered various financial aids like student loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study programs, wherein the students are obliged to pay back the money they receive as student loans and need-based grants but not the money received as scholarships and work-study programs. The students are offered the financial aids by the federal government, different state corporations, organizations, and educational institutions. The money received by the students helps them cover their educational as well as living expenses.
The students are awarded South Dakota scholarships based on different criteria set by the different providers. Some of the basic eligibility criteria that are similar among these scholarships are s follows:
You must be a citizen or an eligible non-citizen of the United States.
You must be a permanent resident or a legal non-resident of the state of South Dakota.
You must be enrolled or planning to enroll in one of the accredited universities or colleges in South Dakota State.
Including the 6 public universities, there are almost 25 universities and colleges in the state of South Dakota such as the South Dakota State University, Augustana College and so on. Scholarships are awarded to students who are pursuing their associate or bachelor’s degree in community colleges as well.