SD Board of Regents
306 East Capitol Ave
Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501
605 773 3455
Reduced Tuition - National Guard

Background Information:


State law (SDCL 33-6-5 through 33-6-8) enabled a reduced tuition program which benefits National Guard members.  Eligibility requirements are listed below:

  • Established membership in a South Dakota national guard unit
  • Satisfactory completion of initial basic training
  • Submission of validating documents prior to or at the point of course registration
  • Sustained unit membership throughout the entire semester for which tuition is reduced
  • Satisfactory academic progress

After eligibility is validated, a benefit equal to 50% of the current resident tuition rate will be applied to reduce registration charges. 


Notes of relevance:

  • National Guard members who reside in states other than South Dakota qualify for this program if they belong to a South Dakota unit. 
  • Courses may include both state-support and self-support types; state-support courses primarily include those that are campus-based and involve face-to-face instruction.  Self-support courses typically include those offered at learning centers and other off-campus locations as well as those that involve distance learning (on-line/correspondence courses).  The university can provide further clarification. 
  • The program allows up to 128 credit hours at the undergraduate level and up to 32 credit hours at the graduate level. 
  • Continued eligibility must be verified each semester. 

Application Process:


To apply for this exceptional program, please complete the SDNG Form 56 and contact the South Dakota Army National Guard Education Service Office at 605-737-6087. A departmental representative will facilitate the application process and serve as a liaison between you and your home university. For additional information, you may wish to visit South Dakota Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.


For follow-up questions pertaining to your status, please contact the university office specified below:

  • Black Hills State University - Spearfish:  Student Financial Services/Business Office:  642-6941
  • Dakota State University - Madison:  Veterans Office:  256-5648
  • 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:  Veteran Services Office:  688-4986
  • The University of South Dakota - Vermillion:  Registrar's Office:  677-5339