Veterans' Services

Veterans/Military Students New to USD

Welcome to the University of South Dakota

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  determines eligibility for veteran and dependant benefits. Your military staus will determine the benefit programs for which you may be eligible.

Veterans
(Honorable Discharge from Active Duty Service)
  • Apply for GI BILL  and submit the Student Info Sheet Online Form
  • Order JST (Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard) transcript to receive credit for military training
  • Order CCAF (Air Force only) transcript to receive credit for military training
  • Provide a copy of DD Form 214 to USD Veterans Services
  • Benefits for which you may be eligible:
    • If you contributed to the MGIB-AD ($1200), and it has been less than 10 years since you left service, you can apply for Chapter 30 GI Bill
    • If you served after 9/11, you may be eligible for Chapter 33 GI Bill benefits
    • If you have a VA-rated Service Connected disability (20% or more) you may be eligible for VA Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) 
    • If you have exhausted all of your GI Bill, or are no longer eligible, you may be eligible for free tuition for undergraduate classes from the State of South Dakota. You must still pay course/school fees. Apply by submitting the SDDVA Form E11  
Active Duty 
(Currently Serving in the US Armed Forces Active component)
  • Benefits may include Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) eligiblity.
  • Check for GI Bill eligibility  (usually in the form of "Top-Up" to cover costs after FTA is applied)
    Contact your Education Services Office (ESO). GI Bill can be used without FTA; restrictions apply (Contact ESO) 
  • When using the GI Bill, complete and submit the Student Info Sheet Online Form 
    NOTE: There are specific rules for active duty students when using the GI Bill. Contact your ESO.
  • Order JST (Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard) transcript to receive credit for military training
  • Order CCAF (Air Force only) transcript to receive credit for military training
  • You, and your dependents, may be eligible for instate tuition rates if stationed in, or living in, South Dakota while on Active Duty. If outh Dakota is your home of record, you may receive instate tuition rates when you return to SD after service.  
National Guard 
(Current drilling member of National Guard)
Reserve 
(Current drilling member of Reserve component; All services)
Dependent of Veteran or Current Service Member

(Spouse or Child)

 
USD Admissions

Visit the USD Military Admissions page  for further information on applying and enrolling at the University of South Dakota.