Dependent spouses and/or children of active-duty service members may be eligible 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:


On-Campus Resident

Undergraduate: $253.85 plus fees

Graduate: $333.25 plus fees


On-Campus Non-Resident

Undergraduate: $357.25 plus fees

Graduate: $622.15 plus fees



(no additional fees or out-of-state differential)

Undergraduate: $354.75

Graduate: $470.45


US Department of Veteran Affairs Education Benefits

Transfer Post-911 GI Bill benefits - Service members with unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits may transfer education benefits to a dependent spouse or dependent children.

Application for Education Benefit Transfer - Dependent spouses/children must complete and submit this U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs application to received transferred education benefits.

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.