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
AAS Dental Assisting
AAS Dental Hygiene
Certificate Dental Assisting
Certificate Technical Studies
Certificate College Studies
Certificate Small Business Management
Certificate Cybersecurity
Certificate Recreation Management
Certificate of Completion Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Certificate of Completion General Office Aide

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid


Visit our Apply for Admission page and 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 FAFSA can be found by clicking 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 a verification form, and provide whatever  other documents are requested. This may include a tax return transcript (Instructions for Tax Transcript) from the 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 offered financial aid at Dakota College at Bottineau.



Students who have submitted a FAFSA and returned required documentation will receive an offer notification in early June.  You must accept, change, or decline your offers on your Campus Connection account.  Instructions are provided on your offer 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 offer notice to be processed before school starts.



Students who have enrolled and have accepted financial 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 the amount of financial aid offered is less than your bill there will be a balance due to the college. You may stop at the Business Office on or before the published final payment deadline 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 final bill payment deadline.


DCB reports all pell grant and loan disbursments to NSLDS. Information about any of these disbursements (including the contact information for the servicer for the loans) can be found at, after the disbursement has been posted.


Remember to apply for financial aid every year. The FAFSA opens October 1 for the next school year.