You've earned the right to a higher education through your service in the U.S. Armed Forces. But how do you use your GI Bill benefits? Which version is right for you? The Legion can help answer questions about state and/or federal education benefits, who can use them, and how long.
South Dakota Tuition for Veterans:
Eligible veterans can take undergraduate courses at a state university without the payment of tuition, provided they are not eligible for educational payments under the GI Bill or any other federal educational program.
Eligibility: Veteran must be discharged under Honorable conditions and a current resident of South Dakota and qualify for in-state tuition, and able to meet one of the following criteria: Served on active duty at any time between August 2, 1990 and March 3, 1991. Received an Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, Southwest Asia Service medal, or other United States campaign or service medal for participation in combat operations against hostile forces outside the boundaries of the United States or have a service connected disability rated 10%, or more, disabling.
South Dakota Reduced Tuition for South Dakota National Guard members:
National Guard members, who meet the requirements for admission, are eligible for a fifty percent (50%) reduction in undergraduate tuition charges at any state supported school for up to a maximum of four academic years OR, one program of study, approved by the state Board of Education, at any state vocational school upon payment of fifty percent (50%) of the tuition charges. The receipt of federal educational benefits does not affect eligibility for this program.
Eligibility: To qualify the National Guard member must be a resident of this state and a member of the South Dakota Army or Air Guard throughout each semester or vocational program for which he or she applies for benefits, have completed required active duty for training, attend 90% of drills and training periods and maintain a satisfactory academic grade level and provide proper notice to the institution at time of registration for the term in which benefits are sought.
South Dakota Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-5070