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Veterans Affairs at BHSU

The Veterans' Services at BHSU are extended to current members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces as well as their dependents. Our staff will aid in researching and receiving education benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the State of South Dakota, as well as state/federal organizations. We're here to offer a place for independent study and a safe atmosphere where veterans can feel free to share military experiences.

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All veteran affairs information can be filled out here.


Black Hills State University offers reduced tuition rates for all active military service members and DOD Civilians assigned to Ellsworth AFB, enrolled in courses at the main campus in Spearfish and our two extension campuses, Ellsworth AFB & the University Center (Rapid City).

The reduced rate is $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses and $300 per credit hour for graduate courses. The federal government currently provides federal tuition assistance up to a maximum of $250 per credit hour to military students.

To get the tuition reduction you will need to complete this form, and provide the necessary verification documents.


Black Hills State University was selected, along with Columbia College (Missouri) to have an extension campus on Ellsworth AFB. It will be our privilege to serve the needs of our Active Duty service members as well as their family members and DOD Civilians working at Ellsworth.

Also, the South Dakota Board of Regents has approved a reduced tuition amount based on the location for Active Military, Spouses/Dependents, and DOD Civilians (working at Ellsworth AFB).

Ellsworth AFB - $250 (undergraduate) / $300 (graduate) per credit hour for Active Military, Spouses, Dependents (up to age 26), and DOD Civilians working at Ellsworth AFB.

Spearfish - $250 (undergraduate) / $300 (graduate) per credit hour for Active Military and DOD Civilians working at Ellsworth AFB.

Black Hills State University-RC - $250 (undergraduate) / $300 (graduate) per credit hour for Active Military and DOD Civilians working at Ellsworth AFB.



Black Hills State University (BHSU) has partnered with the Community College of the Air Force to provide active duty members with online general education classes. If you're an active duty service member in the air force and would like to pursue your associate's degree through CCAF, you can take your general education classes through BHSU. If you're interested, go to our GEM Web Page to apply.


Contact Info
Phone: 605.642.6415

Veterans Affairs
Black Hills State University
1200 University St. Unit 9518
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799-9518