US active duty military service members may qualify for the education benefits and tuition rates below.


South Dakota Tuition Rates

The South Dakota Board of Regents establishes tuition rates for all South Dakota Public Universities. The 2022-2023 tuition rate for active duty service members attending Northern State University courses are:



$250.00 per credit hour



On-Campus    $300.00 per credit hour

Off-Campus    $470.45 per credit hour


Military Tuition Assistance Programs

Department of Defense (DOD) Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The DOD website provides general information about the Military Tuition Assistance Program and lists Education Institutions approved to participate in the TA Programs. 

Tuition Assistance (TA) Decide – School Name Field - enter Northern State University or 00346600


US Military Services Tuition Assistance (MTA) Programs

US Navy – Tuition Assistance (TA)/Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) 

US Marine Corps TA Policies, Regulations, and Guidelines

US Army – ArmyIgnitED

US Coast Guard - MyCG

US Air Force Virtual Education Center 

US Space Force


South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Education Benefits                   

SDDVA Education Benefits Website


South Dakota Tuition Assistance (STA)

South Dakota Air/Army National Guard - SDCL 33-6-5 - 33-6-8.1 Provides that Guard members, who meet the requirements for admission, are eligible for a 100 percent reduction in tuition charges at any state supported school for undergraduate programs up to 128 credits and graduate programs up to 32 credits.


US Department of Veteran Affairs Education Benefits

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) – Chapter 30 – The Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) can help you pay for education and training programs. If you’ve served at least 2 years on active duty, find out if you qualify for the MGIB-AD program.

Post-9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33 – NOTE – If you choose to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) instead of the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD), you can’t switch at some later date to the use the MGIB-AD.

Educational and Career Counseling – Chapter 36 - Personalized Career Planning and Guidance (PCPG), or VA Chapter 36, offers free educational and career guidance, planning, and resources to veterans and their dependents who are eligible for a VA education benefit.

Transfer your Post-911 GI Bill benefits - NOTE – If you have unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, find out if you can transfer your benefits to your spouse or dependent children.

Tuition Assistance Top-up - NOTE – Does your college tuition cost more than what’s covered by the Department of Defense (DOD) Tuition Assistance (TA) program? Find out if you can get more money to help pay for school through the Tuition Assistance Top-Up Program.

$600 Buy-Up Program - NOTE – If you take part in the $600 Montgomery GI Bill Buy-Up program, you’ll get more money each month through your GI Bill monthly payments.