Children of Deceased Firefighters, Police Officers, or EMTs


Background Information


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, centers and involve face-to-face instruction.  It does not apply to self-support courses - those that are offered at 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. 


Application Process

  1. Print hard copy of this regental form and complete as directed; be sure to attach a copy of the death certificate. 
  2. Submit to the Registrar’s Office or Business Office at your home university. 


University Contacts


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:  Layton Cooper, Director of Admissions​: 626-3354
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology - Rapid City:  Registrar and Academic Services Office:  394-2400
  • South Dakota State University - Brookings:  Michelle Kuebler, Admissions:  688-4121
  • University of South Dakota - Vermillion:  Registrar's Office:  677-5339