In accordance with state law (see SDCL 13-55-22), certain survivors of tragic accidents qualify for tuition waivers. Eligibility requirements are listed below:
- A parent died as a direct result of injuries received in the performance of official duties.
- The deceased parent was employed as a firefighter, certified law enforcement officer, or emergency medical technician (positions as specifically defined in SDCL 13-55-21).
- This tragedy occurred before the child turned 21.
If eligibility is confirmed, the student will receive a 100% tuition waiver.
- The waiver applies exclusively to tuition, not to fees.
- The tuition waiver applies to state-support courses - for the most part, these are campus-based and involve face-to-face instruction. It does not apply to self-support courses - those that are offered at learning centers and other off-campus locations as well as those that entail distance learning.
- This program supports students who are pursuing undergraduate (not graduate) degrees.
- Participants must complete baccalaureate degrees within thirty-six months or eight terms.
- Print hard copy of this regental form and complete as directed; be sure to attach a copy of the death certificate.
- Submit to the Registrar’s Office or Business Office at your home university.
For any questions, please contact the specified university office:
- Black Hills State University - Spearfish: Student Financial Services/Business Office: 642-6941
- Dakota State University - Madison: Admissions: 256-5139
- Northern State University - Aberdeen: JoEllen Lindner, Student Affairs/Enrollment Services: 626-2544
- South Dakota School of Mines and Technology - Rapid City: Toni Schauer, Registrar and Academic Services Office: 394-2400
- South Dakota State University - Brookings: Michelle Kuebler, Admissions: 688-4121
- The University of South Dakota - Vermillion: Registrar's Office: 677-5339