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When searching for scholarships not offered by Black Hills State University there are a number of avenues to explore. First, we recommend checking with your high school guidance counselor. Your counselor often has information from local businesses and organizations about scholarships they award to high school seniors.
Another popular method of looking for outside scholarships is through Internet sites and scholarship search companies. A few websites are listed below. Beware of companies that guarantee scholarships for a fee. You’ve heard it before, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Veteran's benefits: The Department of Veterans Affairs offers programs for Veterans and service persons seeking assistance for education: The GI Bill, Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEAP), and Vocational Rehabilitation. Veterans should contact Greg Krajewski or call 605.642.6030 for further information.
National Guard and Reserve Benefits: Members of the National Guard and Reserve may be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill. This is an education program that provides up to 36 months of benefits. Currently eligible members receive $384 per month for educational expenses. In addition, both the National Guard and Army reserve offer a student loan repayment program.
Members of the South Dakota National Guard may be eligible for one-half reduction in their tuition costs. For further information on any of these programs, contact your National Guard or Reserve unit.
Vocational Rehabilitation: Students with disabilities may be eligible to receive funds for tuition, fees, books and living expenses. contact you local Vocational Rehabilitation Office to apply.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA): BIA grants are available to Native American students. Recipients must be at least one-quarter Native American and an enrolled member of a tribe. Contact the Education Office of your tribe for further information.
American Indian Resources BH Page
Alternative Loans: The loans listed below are a historical list of private loans which BHSU students have borrowed over the last three years. As you can see, there are various private programs available to students who may not be eligible for federal aid or who may need additional funding. Loan limits, interest rates and repayment terms vary, you will want to review each one to see which one is best for you. A cosigner may allow a better interest rate. Also a self-certification form will be required, of which your lender will forward to you.
Comparison Chart of above lender's interest rates/benefits
- Wells Fargo's Collegiate Loan
- Bank of ND
- Sallie Mae's Student Loans
- Discover Student Loan
- SunTrust Custom Choice Loan
- PNC Private Loan
- College Ave Loans
- iHelp Student Loan
- cuScholar Private Student Loan
- Landmark CU Loan
- Citizens Bank
- 1st Marblehead Union Federal
- Commerce Bank (go to their site for interest rates/benefits, not in comparison chart)
- Bellco Credit Union (go to their site for interest rates/benefits, not in comparison chart)
Contact our office for additional information.
Student Financial Services - Financial Aid
1200 University Street, USB 9670
Spearfish, SD 57799-9670