Service members who are discharged from military service or retired 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 rates for 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


South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Education Benefits

 SDDVA Website


Free Tuition for Veterans

SDCL 13-55-2 to 13-55-5 - Provides for certain veterans are eligible to take undergraduate courses at a state supported universities or technical colleges without the payment of tuition provided they are not eligible for educational payments under the GI® Bill or any other federal educational program.

Application for Free Tuition


US Department of Veteran Affairs Education Benefits

Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) – Chapter 31 - If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, Veteran Readiness and Employment (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) can help.

Post-9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33 – The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) helps you pay for school or job training. If you’ve served on active duty after September 10, 2001, you may qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).

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