Dakota State University students walking around campus

Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

Majors & Degrees

Cost and Aid

At DSU, we are committed to supporting those who have served our country. If you are a member of the military community, you may be eligible for tuition assistance for select DSU programs.

Tuition and fees

The base tuition and fees will depend on a number of factors, such as where you live, the level of education you are seeking, and the program you select. Discounts for those in the military community would be applied to the respective tuition and fees:

Cost of attendance

The estimated cost of attendance represents the best estimate of expenses a student might expect to incur at Dakota State University for a specific period.

Estimate the Cost of Attendance

Discounted active military rate

Active military members can apply for a reduced military rate for undergraduate classes. To apply for this discounted rate, please contact the Veteran's Affairs Office. 

Financial aid for military students

GI Bills®

The GI Bills® are administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Armed Forces offer soldiers, sailors, marines, guardsmen, and airmen several tuition assistance programs for college courses taken during off-duty hours.

Apply for Benefits

Military tuition assistance

The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of your professional and personal development goals.

Because each branch has its own application process and criteria for eligibility, please contact your duty station's Education Office to learn more about your available benefits.

  • Air Force Portal
  • Coast Guard
  • GoArmyEd
  • Navy College

Federal financial aid

Like any other US citizen, you could be eligible for federal financial aid. You need to complete a FAFSA in order to receive federal financial aid of any kind, including grants, work-study, and federal loans. The process generally follows four simple steps:

  1. Complete the FAFSA online. Collect your income tax returns, W-2 forms, and DSU’s FAFSA School Code (003463). We recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to report your income tax figures
  2. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR). You’ll get your SAR once you complete the FAFSA. Review it and make any changes that need to be made. A completed SAR will contain your expected family contribution and it’s this number used to determine your federal student aid eligibility
  3. If you are selected for federal verification, you’ll receive information from the Enrollment Service Center in Vermillion, SD, on which forms to submit. Be sure to provide the requested documents as soon as you can
  4. If you are eligible for financial aid, we’ll send you an award letter packet. Be sure to complete, sign, and return it to us along with any other documents we request at that time

Note: If you file your financial aid application before you know the amount of your actual veteran's educational benefits, you will receive an estimated financial aid award based on non-eligibility for VA funding.

Contact Us

Veteran's Affairs Office
(605) 256-5742