Steps to Apply

Step 1: Apply for a PIN

Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) with the U.S. Department of Education for both parent and student. The PIN allows the student and parent to sign applications and promissory notes electronically. The process will take approximately seven days to receive a PIN.

Step 2: Apply for Admission to NDSCS

Complete the admission application process through North Dakota State College of Science.

Step 3: Complete the FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after February 1 of each year.

  • Priority funding deadline for some programs is April 15 of each year.
  • Use NDSCS school code 002996.

Step 4: Receive your Student AId Report

Receive your results from the Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • If you complete your FAFSA electronically, you will receive an email with a link to view or print a summary of your Student Aid Report in 1-2 weeks. You will need your PIN number to do this.
  • If you mail your FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report in 3-4 weeks.

Check your Student Aid Report for accuracy. If there is an error, please contact the NDSCS Financial Aid office.

Step 5: Complete Verfication Worksheet if Required

If you are selected for verification, the NDSCS Financial Aid office will request a copy of your tax return transcript(s), which is issued directly from the IRS, and a verification worksheet. Find the Verification worksheets here.

Step 6: Review and Accept your Award

In June, you will receive an email from NDSCS instructing how to go online to review and accept your financial aid.

  • Your financial aid will not be processed until you have accepted your award online.

Step 7: Fill in the Gap

Determine if you need additional resources in addition to the financial aid offered to you.

Step 8: Complete Entrance Loan Counseling

If you are receiving a student loan for the first time, you must complete an entrance loan counseling session. Students can do this at any time at www.studentloans.gov.

Step 9: Sign Promissory Note

If you are receiving a student loan, you must sign a master promissory note at www.studentloans.gov using your PIN for your FAFSA.

Step 10: Managing your Funds

Most aid will automatically credit to your account at NDSCS. Your remaining funds after paying your charges with NDSCS will be available at scheduled fee payment times in the fall and spring.

Have questions? Contact the Financial Aid office for assistance.

NDSCS Financial Aid Office
Haverty Hall 101
701-671-2207
ndscs.fin.aid@ndscs.edu

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