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Reduced Tuition - Elementary/Secondary Teachers and Vocational Instructors

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Elementary/Secondary Teachers and Certified Educators



Background Information


In accordance with state law (SDCL § 13-55-23 through § 13-55-28), certain teachers and certified educators are eligible to participate in a reduced tuition program.  Established criteria include the following: 

  • Current teacher certification granted by the South Dakota State Department of Education​
  • Present employment as a K-12 teacher or certified educator (validated by a signed teaching contract) within the state of South Dakota
  • Continued employment or teaching certification contingent upon completion of collegiate course work
  • South Dakota residency
  • GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 or higher for any/all courses completed through this particular tuition program

For those individuals who establish eligibility, assessed tuition rate will be reduced by 50%. See relevant notes below:

  • The maximal number of credit hours per academic year (fall, spring, summer) for this particular program is equal to six.
  • This reduction in assessment of cost applies only to tuition, not to fees.
  • The program allows for completion of either undergraduate or graduate course work.
  • For state-support courses (typically those courses taught face-to-face on a main campus and centers), approved participants will be assessed 50% of tuition plus 100% of required fees. 
  • For self-support courses (off-campus location), approved participants will receive a reduction that is equal to 50% of state resident rate.


Application Process

To apply for this reduced tuition program, click here.


The application includes an introductory memo from the South Dakota Board of Regents along with the form.

  1. Print a hard copy of the document.
  2. Complete the form as directed and then obtain official verification from your school superintendent or designee.
  3. Prior to course registration, submit the signed form to the Registrar’s Office at your regental university of choice.

Note: Approval is conferred only for the current term. Consequently, the application process must be completed every semester of participation.


University Contacts


For questions pertaining to the application process, please contact the School of Education at your chosen university:

Black Hills State University - Spearfish

Dakota State University - Madison

Northern State University - Aberdeen

South Dakota State University - Brookings​

University of South Dakota - Vermillion



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