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 are 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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Black Hills State University offers reduced tuition rates for all current and active military men and women enrolled in courses at Black Hills State University - Rapid City.

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.



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BHSU named to Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 list

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Military Times today announced that Black Hills State University was named to its Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings, formerly known as Best for Vets. This is the sixth year BHSU has been honored as one of the best colleges for veterans by Military Times.

"Of the hundreds of schools that applied, fewer than half received the Military Times Best: Colleges designation this year. Only the best made the cut," said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings. "For the past eight years, we've seen colleges and universities consistently increasing their resources, revising their policies and improving their academic outcomes for military and veteran students. The Military Times Best: Colleges rankings showcase the very best of these efforts."

Army ROTC student to represent BHSU in Army All American Bowl

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Cadet Tate Jackson, a sociology major at Black Hills State University from Parmelee, has been selected for the U.S. Army All American Bowl and Combine as a Cadet Marshall in San Antonio, Texas, in January.

Jackson was chosen out of more than 6,000 applicants because of his leadership abilities, dedication to community service and maintaining a 3.9 GPA as a sociology major.

The U.S. Army All American Bowl gathers the nation’s top football athletes and provides an opportunity for them to demonstrate their abilities to a crowd that includes high-profile college and NFL scouts. Jackson will assist in the events as a Cadet Marshall and will attend the bowl game at the Alamodome on Jan. 6.

BHSU professor presents Veterans Legacy Project in next Geek Speak

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In 2017, BHSU faculty and students undertook a unique project to honor and develop South Dakota’s national cemeteries as sites of public history through the National Cemetery Administration Veterans Legacy Program. Now, the group from BHSU is ready to share the results of this historic undertaking.

Kelly Kirk, instructor of history at BHSU and primary investigator for the Veterans Legacy Program at BHSU, will present “Veterans Legacies in the Black Hills” Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall 110. Kirk’s presentation is part of the Geek Speak lecture series at BHSU. All Geek Speaks are free and open to the public.

BHSU-Rapid City veteran one of four students to receive Jacket Ride Scholarship

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Black Hills State University-Rapid City accounting major Steve Edoff is one of four student veterans at BHSU to receive the Jacket Ride Scholarship. The BHSU Dennis Kirk Jacket Ride was held during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to raise funds for student veterans.

Originally from New Underwood, Steve joined the Army in 2009, one year after he graduated from high school. He served on active duty for four years as a cannon crewmember with the 4th Infantry Division. 

“I deployed in March of 2012 at the age of 20 to Kunar Province in Afghanistan. My first son was born during that deployment and I didn’t meet him until he was six months old,” said Steve.

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April 22
Every day 22 veterans suffering the effects of PTSD/TBI and other injuries, commit suicide. Helps us reach those who need help. Help us by showing your support. A warriors greatest defeat is to be forgotten. Join the BHSU Vets Club April 22, 2015 on the Greens for filming a video as a show of that support. Be prepared to "Drop And Give Me 22 Pushups!" For more information Please Go To 22Kill.com

--Submitted by Steven Weir