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Black Hills State University has been approved to offer a pilot program with reduced tuition rates for all current and active military men and women enrolled in courses at the University Center-Rapid City (UC-RC).

 

The reduced tuition program, proposed by BHSU was approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents today. The reduced tuition rate will begin in January 2015.

 

The reduced rate is $246.35 per credit hour. The federal government currently provides federal tuition assistance up to a maximum of $250 per credit hour to military students, so this reduced rate will cover the full cost of a military student’s education.

 

“To the active men and women serving in the military, we heard you. We heard you loud and clear. BHSU is doing all we can to be the absolute best at serving you as a comprehensive university,” BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr., said. “This action is one more example of our commitment to you.”

 

Jackson, who is a veteran himself, noted that BHSU has a long history of serving military personnel from Ellsworth Air Force Base as well as those from across the state and nation. The University had a physical presence on the base for nearly 50 years. When the education building at Ellsworth was repurposed to a financial services center, BHSU took the lead in developing and ensuring courses were offered just down the interstate at the University Center-Rapid City. BHSU’s longstanding tradition of serving military students continues at the UC-RC location. BHSU offers more than 170 courses at the UC-RC.

 

BHSU has repeatedly been recognized nationally for their service to military students. The University was recently named to the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media for the fifth consecutive year. BHSU has also been named to the Military Times “Best for Vets: Business Schools” in 2013 and 2014. It has also made the Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges” for two years in a row.