Veteran Affairs

Ready to become a college student?

As a veteran, you have many educational benefits available to you. DSU is accredited by the SAA (State Approving agency) as a Program Eligible for Veterans Benefits, and we’re excited to have you interested in one of our excellent programs.

We have been recognized for five years in a row as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media and are proud to serve our growing veteran and military student population. Along with providing you with one-on-one attention with our veteran benefits coordinator, we continue to support you during your DSU career with our Military Resource Center on campus.

We also have flexible online programs you can complete wherever you are.

Take the next step

When you’re ready to apply, simply review our admissions requirements for our undergraduate or graduate programs. There’s also some paperwork that you’ll need to fill out in order to receive your benefits.

This paperwork will depend on which program or chapter you’re under:

Chapter 30: Active Duty Military

This applies to: Active Duty Military. You’ll need:

  • Most recent DD-214
  • VA Form 22-1990 Application for Education Benefits or Form 22-1995 for transfer students

Chapter 31: VA Vocational Rehabilitation

This applies to: VA Vocational Rehabilitation. You’ll need:

  • Meet with counselor from the regional VA Vocational Rehabilitation office (Sioux Falls, Rapid City or your surrounding area)
  • VA Form 22-1905 sent to school from counselor

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 Veterans

This applies to: Post 9/11 Veterans. You’ll need:   

  • VA Form 22-1990 Application for Education Benefits or Form 22-1995 for transfer student

You'll need to supply DSU with:

  • Most recent DD-214
  • Any kicker paperwork
  • Certificate of Eligibility from VA for DSU to pay percentage of tuition and fees

Chapter 35: Spouses and Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans

This applies to: Spouses and Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans. You’ll need:

  • VA Form 22-5490 Application for Education Benefits or Form 22-5495 for transfer students

Chapter 1606: Army/Air National Guard/Reserve

This applies to: Army/Air National Guard/Reserve. You’ll need:

  • VA Form 22-1990 Application for Education Benefits or Form 22-1995 for transfer students

You'll need to supply DSU with:

  • Most Recent DD-214 or NOBE (Notice of Basic Eligibility)
  • Any kicker paperwork
  • Certificate of Eligibility from VA for DSU to pay percentage of tuition and fees

Chapter 1607: Army/Air National Guard/Reserves who have served overseas since 9/12/01 (phasing out)

This applies to: Army/Air National Guard/Reserves who have served overseas since 9/12/01. You’ll need:

  • VA Form 22-1990 Application for Education Benefits or Form 22-1995 for transfer students

You'll need to supply DSU with:

  • Most Recent DD-214 or NOBE (Notice of Basic Eligibility)
  • Any kicker paperwork
  • Certificate of Eligibility from VA for DSU to pay percentage of tuition and fees

SD Free Tuition

This applies to: SD resident Veterans who are no longer eligible for the GI Bill. You’ll need:

Contact us.

We’re here to help make your college experience a success, and we’re happy to answer your questions. Give us a call at (605) 256-5815 or 1-888-378-9988, or simply email our Veteran Benefits Office.

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