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DSC_2509.jpgInvesting in higher education is a major financial decision, and many students need to look beyond their own resources for assistance. BSC's Financial Aid office helps students and their families secure the resources necessary to fund a Bismarck State College education.

The BSC Financial Aid Office is on the 1st floor of Schafer Hall. Set up an appointment by calling or stopping in today.

Office Hours                                         
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.      

Phone: 701-224-5494
Fax: 701-224-2402

Mailing Address
Bismarck State College
Office of Financial Aid
1500 Edwards Ave. PO Box 5587
Bismarck, ND 58506

Students must have a complete admission application on file with Bismarck State College as a degree-seeking student before financial aid eligibility can be determined. Apply Now!

Let's explore a few ways to help pay for your education:


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used in determining student grants, work study, and loan amounts. To be considered for financial aid, you will need to complete the FAFSA. To file:
  1. You must be a degree seeking student and admitted to BSC in order to receive federal financial aid.
  2. Obtain a FSA ID, which you can get through the FAFSA website.
  3. Complete the FAFSA
    1. BSC's FAFSA code: 002988.


BSC offers scholarships for which you can apply annually. The scholarships are funded by the BSC Foundation through contributions from alumni, faculty and staff, friends, parents, campus organizations, and corporations. Scholarships totaling more than $1.3 million are typically awarded for academics, technical programs, energy and more. Learn more here.

The BSC scholarship priority application deadline is January 1. You may still apply and receive scholarships after Jan. 1.



Grants are forms of aid you do not have to repay. Recipients are selected based primarily on financial need. Grants are available through the federal and state governments. Keep in mind that:
  1. Repayment is not required.
  2. Funding levels may vary from year to year according to legislative appropriation.
These include:

Federal Student Loans

Federal student loans allow students or their families to borrow money at low interest rates. Keep in mind that repayment is required. Student loans are available to assist students with defraying the cost of educational expenses. Please review this section for information regarding the different types that are available for students.

Federal Work Study

The Federal Work-Study program provides funds for jobs for eligible students to help them pay for their education. Keep in mind that:
  1. Students are awarded the dollar amount they earn over the course of the academic year.
  2. Student Financial Aid refers students to jobs on or off campus.
  3. To be considered, submit the FAFSA, requesting work-study.