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SD Veterans Free Tuition

Certain South Dakota veterans and certain dependents are eligible for free tuition at state supported schools. The three programs are:

      Free Tuition for Veterans

      Free Tuition for Children of Veterans Who Die During Service

      Free Tuition for Dependents of POWs and MIAs

Free Tuition for Veterans

Certain veterans are eligible to take undergraduate courses at a state university without the payment of tuition provided they are not eligible for educational payments under the GI Bill or any other federal educational program.

Eligibility:

To qualify the veteran must:

Have been discharged under Honorable conditions; and

Be a current resident of South Dakota and qualify for in-state tuition; and

Meet one of the following three criteria:

      served on active duty at any time between August 2, 1990 and March 3, 1991; or

      received an Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, Southwest Asia Service medal, or other United States campaign or service medal for participation in combat operations against hostile forces outside the boundaries of the United States; or

      have a service connected disability rated 10% or more disabling.

Under the free tuition program, the veteran has twenty (20) years from the ending date of the specific period of service during which he or she served and met the eligibility criteria, or, twenty (20) years after the date that he or she was rated 10%, or more, disabled by the DVA.

Amount of Free Tuition:

Eligible veterans may receive one month of free tuition for each month of Qualifying Service with a minimum of one, and up to a maximum of four, academic years.

Qualifying Service is defined as: the amount of time served on active duty between the beginning and ending dates of the particular period of conflict or hostilities during which the veteran earned eligibility for this program.

Since all of the post-Vietnam conflicts have been very short in duration, the majority of veterans who qualify will be entitled to only the minimum - one academic year - of free tuition.

Free Tuition for Children of Veterans Who Die During Service

Children who are under the age of 25, are residents of South Dakota, and whose mother or father was killed in action or died of other causes while on active duty, are eligible for free tuition at a state supported school.

Free Tuition for Dependents of POWs and MIAs

Children and spouses of prisoners of war, or of persons listed as missing in action, are entitled to attend a state supported school without the payment of tuition or mandatory fees provided they are not eligible for equal or greater federal benefits.

Source:

http://www.state.sd.us/military/vetaffairs/benefits.htm

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Division of Veterans Affairs - Overview

Welcome and Introduction to the South Dakota Benefits Information System


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