1. How Do I Order My Textbooks?

Use the links below to access the USF Virtual Bookstore.  Simply click on your courses and the system will compile textbook requirement details for you. 

Textbooks - Virtual Bookstore

Your choices for ordering textbooks:

  • Marketplace. Students can save up to 90% by ordering directly from other students.
  • RENTAL textbooks. Students can save on average 50% by renting their textbooks.
  • eTextbooks. Students can save on average 30% by purchasing an eTextbook.
  • USED textbooks. Students save 25% by purchasing used books.

IMPORTANT: Textbooks will not be available to purchase on campus, so order your textbooks online today.

Click here to download FAQs for ordering textbooks.

Full instructions for How to order from the USF Virtual Bookstore:

1.  Visit your Virtual Bookstore and select “Order Textbooks.”
2.  Select the Term
3.  Select your Course(s) and select “Continue."
4.  Select the items to be purchased and select “Continue.”
5.  Review your order and select “Proceed to Checkout.“
6.  Sign In ”to your account or“ Create Account.

Questions?  Contact the Virtual Bookstore Program Customer Service Team at 1-877-284-6744'''


Next Up:  4. Next Steps You Need to Take

1. Do you plan to apply for Financial Aid?

Graduate students are eligible for Federal Financial Aid by taking at least 4.5 credits, per term, of required coursework.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Use the FAFSA® form to apply for federal financial aid. You will not receive a financial aid package until you have been accepted to USF and completed the FAFSA.

Here is the link to the FAFSA form Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Please refer to either the Master of Education Steps to Financial Aid  link or the Ed.S. Steps to Financial Aid link. It will open in a new window. Follow steps #1 through #6

See the Student Services' Handout Section to view PowerPoint slides from an orientation presentation conducted in Fall 2020.


2. Do you plan to set up a Payment Plan?

The Student Accounts Office administers the communication, billing, receipt of all university charges and payments as well as the monthly payment plan.  If you have questions about your account or about our policies, please contact us at StudentAccounts@usiouxfalls.edu or stop by our office in Jorden Hall, Room 204.

Student Accounts Office Web Pages

Tuition and Cost Information

Make A Payment

Nelnet Payment Plan Info

Payment Plan Setup

Drop Dates & Withdrawal Information

This link takes you to the Registrar's web page.  Graduate students should refer to the paragraph of information for Non-Traditional Students and the document within the Withdrawal Information.  The last page of the document specifically has dates and information for the Fredrikson School of Education, M.Ed. and Ed.S. Programs.


Student Accounts: Frequently Asked Questions

3. Are you a Veteran?

For questions regarding Veteran's Benefits at USF, contact Traci Osterberg at (605)331-6657 or traci.osterberg@usiouxfalls.edu.

Get answers to your questions about Veteran’s Benefits (Click here).

4. Is Your Employer Helping with Your Costs?

Employer Paid Tuition Deferment Form

You will need to complete this form each semester with the amount you are receiving in tuition reimbursement from your employer. If your employer has a designated from for this purpose, you may submit that form as a substitute. Signatures from both you and your employer are required to complete the process.

1. What is MyUSF?

All students enrolled at USF are expected to utilize the learning management system for course information, course syllabi and materials, class forum discussions and assignments. When logging into My.USF for the first time, a pop-up box for “Online Checklist” may appear. You can complete this checklist immediately or save it to complete later.

See the Student Services' Handout Section to view PowerPoint slides from the Fall 2020 orientation. 

2. How do I Find My Class on MyUSF?

There are 2 main ways to get to your class on MyUSF.

Using My Courses-

  1. On the Home Page
  2. Click on My Courses (Left Navigation Area)
  3. You can use this feature 2 weeks before to 2 weeks after the begin/end date of the class

Using All My Courses-

  1. On the Academics Page under All My Courses
  2. Click on the courses drop-down
  3. Choose Past, Current, or Future courses.
  4. You will see your class for the entire semester, regardless of begin/end date.

Click here to download the instructions

1. How Do I Find My Classroom on Campus?

Once you are registered, you will find your Student Schedule in MyUSF on the Academics tab (at the top).  Click on "View Details".  The far right column is Room - This will give the building abbreviations:

MAIN designates the main campus and
Building abbreviations are:

  • CLE- Cleveland Professional Development Center
  • FA- Jeschke Fine Arts Center
  • J- Jorden Hall
  • GLD- Glidden Hall
  • LIB- Library
  • MCD- McDonald Center
  • SCI- Salsbury Science Center
  • SWC- Stewart Center

Find your building on our Campus Map 

2. Do I Need a Parking Permit?

Parking on campus after 4:00 p.m. and on weekends is free.  If you are on campus from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. you can get a free student parking permit issues by USF Campus Safety and Security Office. If necessary, please register your vehicle(s) at the link listed below.

BE SAFE:  Use the USF Safe Walk program by calling 321-6400 (24/7), and a Campus Safety and Security Officer will accompany you to your destination on campus.

3. How Do I Get My USF Student I.D. Card?

USF Student I.D. Card

All students need to have a USF Student I.D. card.  Prior to COVID-19, pictures for I.D. cards could be taken at the USF Campus Safety Office (located in the Mears Library) during weekday office hours.  Students enrolled in programs that are offered fully online, or those living further than 50 miles from campus should contact the Program Coordinator for assistance. 

* I.D. Cards for the 2020-21 academic year are now available. Email the Program Coordinator, Katy Lahren, if you would like a USF Student I.D. Card at Katy.Lahren@usiouxfalls.edu. Please be aware that students have to be registered for a class in order for a card to be printed. If we don't have a picture on file, one can be emailed. It would be best to include a picture (head shot) in jpeg format. Be sure it isn't zoomed in too close. This picture will appear in MyUSF next to the student's name on the Roster Pages of the courses for which students are registered. Once the card is printed, Katy will mail your card to your home.

We also try to provide an opportunity at Graduate Education Orientation Events (May and September) to allow time while students are on campus to get pictures taken with Campus Safety. Unfortunately, no on-campus orientation will take place in 2020. Planning for 2021 events is to be determined.

Your USF Student I.D. Card:

  • has a bar code on the back that can be used for services associated with the Library. If you didn't obtain a USF I.D. card, and you need the bar code on the back of the card in order to borrow an inter-library loan item, please contact the USF Library so temporary accommodations can be made.
  • displays your USF Student I.D. number on the back right-hand corner of the card in case it is needed when requesting student services.
  • provides access into academic buildings on campus after hours.
  • should be activated with the Library at the Front Circulation Desk in Mear's Library.  Most of the time, this is done by the Fredrikson School of Education Office or at Graduate Education Orientation Events.
  • allows access into USF Athletic Events, Plays, Concerts and may qualify students for a student discount. Some exclusions can apply.
  • makes students eligible for a discounted membership at Avera Fitness Center.

The student I.D. card expires at the end of each academic year in August.  To obtain an updated card, please request one from the Fredrikson School of Education Office, Program Coordinator, Katy Lahren. Students must be currently enrolled in a class in order to obtain a card for the current academic year (September to August).  

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Student Accounts & Financial Aid

Information Technology

Financial Aid Office
The Financial Aid office is located in the McDonald Center

Office Phone: 605-331-6623

Email:  finaid@usiouxfalls.edu

Web Page: Financial Aid Office

MyUSF Tab: Financial Aid Tab


Student Accounts Office
The Student Accounts office is located in Jorden Hall, 204

Office Phone: 605-331-6640

Email:  StudentAccounts@usiouxfalls.edu

Web Page: Student Account

MyUSF: Student Accounts Tabs Office


Information Technology
The Information Technology office is located in Jorden Hall lower level

Office Phone:  605-331-6674

Email:  ItHelpdesk@usiouxfalls.edu


USF Bookstore - Cougar Central
Cougar Central is located in McDonald Center Pierce Hall

Office Phone:  605-331-6611

Email:  Bookstore@usiouxfalls.edu

Virtual Bookstore

Find textbook requirements for classes, purchase textbooks, sell your textbooks, return your rentals, access the digital bookshelf.



Campus Safety & Security
Campus Safety & Security is located in the Norman B. Mears Library on campus.

Office Phone: 605-321-6400

Safe Walk Phone: 605-321-6400