Below are the steps you can take to apply for the Freedom Scholarship. Review the eligibility requirements, find your institution and follow their application for admission guidelines.


How It Works

Students interested in the South Dakota Freedom Scholarship should apply for admission through their respective schools’ website and submit their FAFSA information to their respective school(s). Students will be reviewed for eligibility once admitted and upon completing the FAFSA with their respective schools – there is no separate South Dakota Freedom Scholarship application to complete. This scholarship will be available for the 2023-2024 school year.

Augustana University

Office of Financial Aid


Black Hills State University

Financial Aid Office


Dakota State University

Financial Aid



Dakota Wesleyan University

Financial Aid Office


Oglala Lakota College

Financial Aid




Presentation College

Financial Aid 


Sinte Gleska University

Financial Aid


South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Financial Aid Office


South Dakota State University

Enrollment Services Center


University of Sioux Falls

Financial Aid Office


University of South Dakota

Office of Financial Aid


Northern State University

Financial Aid


Mount Marty University

Financial Assistance Office


Eligibility Requirements

What To Know As You Get Started

This scholarship is available to students with unmet financial need as determined through their submission of the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) in conjunction with the financial aid office at the respective university. To learn more about the FAFSA and how to file, visit To qualify, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Maintain South Dakota residency for at least one year prior to scholarship application.
  • Attend an eligible institution.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 while enrolled at the eligible institution.
  • Be pursuing a baccalaureate degree.
  • Graduate in five years or less.
  • Commit in writing to live and work in South Dakota for three years after graduation.
  • Acknowledge that any failure to meet these requirements will result in the conversion from a scholarship to an interest-bearing loan.

*Cost of Attendance – Expected Family Contribution – Awarded Financial Aid = Student Need.