Apply for Financial Aid

All students wanting to apply for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You may apply on-line at


Programs Not Currently Eligible for Financial Aid

AAS Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Certificate Technical Studies
Certificate College Studies
Certificate Small Business Management
Certificate Recreation Management
Certificate of Completion General Office Aide

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid


Visit ourApply for Admission pageand fill out an application by following the steps on that page

E-file your taxes at least 3 weeks before completing your FAFSA application.



Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after it opens on October 1st.DCB’s school code is 002995.Please use the IRS retrieval button to download tax information into the FAFSA application for both students and parents. Priority date for completing this process is April 15.

The Federal Guide for completing the 19-20 FAFSA can be found byclicking here

The Federal Guide for completing the 20-21 FAFSA can be found byclicking here


Within 5-7 days you will receive a Student Aid Report from the federal processor.  If your application is selected for federal verification, you will be sent an official request from the college.  You will need to complete averification form, and provide whatever  other documents are requested. This may include a tax return transcript (Instructions for Tax Transcript) only from IRS (   It is the student’s responsibility to complete their verification within 30 days of the request being made.  If a student does not complete the verification process if requested, they will not be awarded financial aid at Dakota College at Bottineau.



Students who have submitted a FAFSA and returned required documentation will receive an award notification in early June.  You must accept, change, or decline your awards on yourCampus Connection account.  Instructions are provided on your award letter and there are videos linked below.

Instructional Video on Accepting Financial Aid Awards on a Computer

Instructional Video on Accepting Financial Aid Awards on a Mobile Device

If you accept a subsidized or unsubsidized loan, you will need to complete entrance loan counseling and MPN (Master Promissory Note) at

Students should have a FAFSA submitted by August 1 to allow an award notice to be processed before school starts.



Students who have enrolledand have acceptedfinancial aid for the upcoming semester will be allowed to charge books and supplies, up to the amount of any applicable excess aid, at the Dakota College at Bottineau Bookstore.



If, after all financial aid has been credited to your account, there is a balance due to the college, you may stop at the Business Office on the published fee payment date to pay the balance.  If, after all fees are paid, there is a credit balance on your account, the Business Office will print an excess aid check.  This check can be
picked up at the Business Office after the published fee payment date.


DCB reports all Pell Grant and loan disbursments to NSLDS. Post disbursment information about any of these disbursements (including the contact information for the servicer for the loans) can be found at


Remember to apply for financial aid every year. Also note that financial aid for each summer session requires a summer financial aid application which is available online under student forms.