South Dakota Veterans’ Benefits

In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans benefits programs provided by the states.  The following are the South Dakota veterans’ benefits programs for education in 2018.

Free Tuition for Veterans

Honorably discharged SD residents who had service after Aug. 1, 1990 and received a campaign, expeditionary, or service medal for combat operations are eligible for free tuition at state colleges. They must not be eligible for the GI Bill or other federal education benefit. You get one month of free tuition for each month of “qualifying service” with a minimum of one, up to a maximum of four, academic years.

Free Tuition for Children of Veterans Who Died On Duty

Children under the 25, who are residents of South Dakota, and whose parent was killed in action or died of other causes while on active duty, are eligible for free tuition at a state supported school. The parent must have been a South Dakota resident for at least six months immediately before entering active duty.

Reduced Tuition for South Dakota National Guard

Guard members are eligible for a fifty percent reduction in undergraduate tuition charges at any state supported school for up to a maximum of 128 undergraduate credits and 32 graduate credits.

Free Tuition for Dependents of National Guard Members

Children under 25, who are residents of South Dakota whose parent died or became totally disabled as a result of their National Guard duty are eligible for free tuition at state colleges. The spouse/surviving spouse of the guard member is also eligible.


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For more information regarding South Dakota veterans’ benefits, please visit – South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs


Related state military and veteran information:

State Veterans’ Benefits – By State

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