1. How Do I Order My Textbooks?

Use the links below to access the USF Virtual Bookstore.  The USF Bookstore, Cougar Central, no longer stocks/sells textbooks in their store.  For your convenience, textbook purchases must be made through 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 the video.


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 MyUSF 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. 

2. MyUSF Tour

3. 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?

If you are on campus from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. you can get a free student parking permit issued 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?

A USF Student I.D. card will allow students to borrow inter-library loan items from USF Mears Library, or gain access into academic buildings. When students are on campus, it is expected students carry their USF I.D. card. For some events, students may also benefit from an admissions fee discount to athletic or theatre events. Some exemptions apply. The card also has the student I.D. number listed on the back lower right-hand corner which can be required when working with offices who provide student services.  Photos obtained for the purpose of creating a USF Student I.D. card are also uploaded into MyUSF so that the student's picture will appear next to his/her name on the Roster Page for any registered courses. 

Due to the growth of our city and the fact that USF is centrally located, USF Campus Safety and Security will now be asking for identification from people who are on campus.  USF Human Resources is requesting that all students carry their USF Student ID Cards with them at all times.

Please keep these requirements in mind:

  • Photo:
    • The submitted photo cannot be a copyrighted image, which includes professional photos.
    • The image will be a headshot (mid-torso and above).
    • The use of filters is not allowed on the photo including stickers, colors, or text.
  • Setting:
    • Choose a location that is well lit.
    • Identify an area with a solid background (wall without pictures, side of the house, fence, etc…).
  • Attire:
    • No Hats/Headwear (unless religious)
    • Clothing must not have profane, vulgar, or sexually explicit terms/images
  • Camera:
    • Photo should be taken in landscape orientation
    • Place the camera at eye-level so the picture will be taken straight on.
    • Try to avoid looking up or down at the camera.
    • SMILE 😊 (or at least don’t frown) 
    • Face and eyes must be clearly visible.

Use this link to request a USF Student I.D. card: https://forms.office.com/r/FPaUbgxu6P

Your card will be mailed to your home once it is printed. Please be aware that students have to be registered for a class in order for a card to be mailed.

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.
  • allows access into USF Athletic Events, Plays, Concerts and may qualify students for a student discount. Some exclusions may apply.
  • makes students eligible for a discounted membership at Avera Fitness Center for those students who live in the Sioux Falls community.
  • Ungrouped

    While focused on a reorder icon, press the Enter key or spacebar to "select" the icon. While a reorder icon is selected, pressing the up and down arrows will change the order of the selected item within the list. Pressing Enter key or spacebar again will drop the selected item at that location in the list.
While focused on a reorder icon, press the Enter key or spacebar to "select" the icon. While a reorder icon is selected, pressing the up and down arrows will change the order of the selected item within the list. Pressing Enter key or spacebar again will drop the selected item at that location in the list.

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