Computer Science Software Engineering Financial Aid, Scholarships and Grants for School

Scholarships Available


The South Dakota State University (SDSU) is offering full tuition scholarships to students who are taking up computer science and software engineering. Additional scholarships amounting to not more than $1,500 are also available to qualified students.

How to Apply

Application for scholarship entails three simple steps. First, apply for admission to SDSU. Then fill out the SDSU Academic Scholarship application form. This form is available from the guidance counselor’s office or at the SDSU Admissions Office. Please take note that there are separate forms for talent scholarships (athletics and music) and ROTC scholarships. Finally, submit your application form to the Admissions Office.

Financial Aids
Financial aids are also up for grabs for students who are seeking financial assistance. Contrary to the scholarship grants which are given to students based on academic performance, financial aids aim to help out less fortunate students.

Programs Requirements

Students who are computer science and software engineer majors can avail of the SDSU scholarship. For interested parties, submit your application forms on or before January 25 of your senior year to receive priority for all awards.

Restrictions or Rules

The said scholarship would cover expenses while enrolled in SDSU including tuition fees, miscellaneous fees like general activity fee, university support fee, and such other program-required fees. The programs also covers the housing expenses, whether on-campus or off-campus. Meal plans, which are required for first- and second-year residential students, are also provided. And if a student possesses a vehicle, parking permit will also be given.

While it is true that the scholarship grant would cover most the student’s expenses, the following would be considered out-of-the-pocket expenses:

  1. Traveling and gas allowance.
  2. Laundry and housekeeping.
  3. Recreational activities like going to the movies, bowling, concerts, and the like.
  4. Personal necessities like clothes, personal hygiene, toothbrush, deodorants, and the like.
  5. Medical and dental services.

Contact Details

For inquiries, you may contact:

Dr. Dennis Helder
South Dakota State University
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building 214
Box 2222
Brookings, SD 57007


National SMART Grant is a program offered by the United States Department of Education to students who are planning to take up computer science, engineering, or technology as a bachelor course. Students can avail up to $4,000 per year subsidy, with all requirements successfully met.

How to Apply

For interested parties, here are the steps to be able to avail the National SMART Grant scholarship program:

  1. Contact the financial aid department in your school and inquire about the FAFSA due date.
  2. Visit the FAFSA home page (see Resources Section).
  3. Accomplish the FAFSA before the due set by the your school.
  4. Talk to your school’s financial aid officer before submitting the FAFSA.
  5. Ask the financial aid officer if you qualify for the Pell Grant. If so, you are qualified for SMART Grant as well.

Program Requirements

National SMART Grants requires the students to:

  1. Apply during the senior year;
  2. Attend school at last a half-time;
  3. Must maintain a minimum of 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in the major courses.

Restrictions or Rules

The National SMART Grant is offered exclusively to undergraduate students who are planning to pursue computer-related degree programs such as computer science, computer programming, systems analysis, computer software and computer engineering.

The National SMART Grant scholarship can come in parallel with the National Pell Grant program. That is to say, if you qualify for the National SMART Grant, you can also avail of the National Pell Grant program.

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