Service members actively participating in the Reserves or National Guard may be eligible for special education benefits and tuition rates.

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 National Guard members attending Northern State University courses are:



On-Campus Guard STA    $126.95 per credit hour

Off-Campus Guard STA    $227.85 per credit hour  



On-Campus Guard STA    $166.65 per credit hour

Off-Campus Guard STA    $470.45 per credit hour

NOTE – National Guard Members must apply for South Dakota state tuition assistance each term using the South Dakota Tuition Assistance link below.


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) - Reservists may be eligible if on active duty.


marine corps

US Marine Corps TA Policies, Regulations, and Guidelines



US Army – ArmyIgnitED


coast guard

US Coast Guard - MyCG – Reservists may be eligible if on active duty.


air force

US Air Force Virtual Education Center 


space force

US Space Force


South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Education Benefits

SD Veterans' Affairs

SDDVA 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 Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) - Chapter 1606

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.