Financial Aid Office

McFarland Hall 2nd Floor 219


Marcia Pritchert
(800) 532-8641 extension 37541
(701) 845-7541
FAX: (701) 845-7545

Assistant Director

Patti Rickford
(701) 845-7542


Karen Crooks
(701) 845-7543

Valley City State University makes every effort to provide financial assistance to eligible applicants through grants, loans, scholarships, employment, and other student aid programs. A student applying for financial aid at Valley City State University is considered for a variety of federal, state, or institutional programs. Applications are evaluated to determine the individual need of the students and awards are made with careful adherence to federal, state, and institutional guidelines. Complete descriptions of all programs, requirements, and qualifications are available online at aid.  Financial Aid from Valley City State University is redetermined annually.

Application Period and Deadline

The application period for 2018-2019 begins on October 1, 2017.  To ensure first consideration for available funds, application materials must be received by the Office of Financial Aid by March 15. Application materials received after March 15 will receive full consideration if financial aid funds are available.  In order to apply for federal financial aid, applicants should first complete their 2018-19 FAFSA at


In order to be considered for federal financial aid, students must be in a degree-seeking program in which they declare a major/minor. Students not in a degree-seeking program may qualify for alternative loans from private lenders on a case-by-case basis.

Once enrolled, all students must be in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress as explained in the policies on the VCSU Financial Aid website at

Collaborative/Consortium Enrollment

Due to scheduling issues, many students pursuing a degree from VCSU find it convenient at times to take a required course (or courses) from another college/university.    All students enrolling collaboratively or by a Consortium Agreement, must also be enrolled for a minimum of one VCSU course per semester.    Students enrolled collaboratively (within the 11 ND state institutions) must complete the enrollment process at  Students enrolling by Consortium Agreement (with institutions outside of the ND public university system ) must file the appropriate Consortium Agreement found at