South Dakota Need Based Grant Program

South Dakota Need Based Grant Program (SDNBGP) is a need-based grant program for South Dakota students who demonstrate “exceptional financial need”.

Awards vary between $500 to $2,000 per academic year and are available to qualified students enrolled in participating postsecondary institutions within the state.

Eligibility Requirements #


  1. Be a South Dakota resident and U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  2. Must be an undergraduate student with no prior baccalaureate degree
  3. Be admitted and enrolled at least half-time at an approved South Dakota college or university
  4. Must show substantial financial need as determined by the FAFSA

How to Apply? #


Complete a FAFSA as soon as January 1 of each academic year. Applications submitted before March 1 are given first priority consideration.

However, not all schools participates in the program, so it’s best that you check with your school’s Financial Aid Office to see if your school offers SDNBGP.