GEM is a partnership between the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and civilian academic institutions. The goal is to offer general education courses to meet CCAF Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree requirements. GEM allows an Airman to complete all general education requirements at one institution via online distance coursework for faster degree completion.
Black Hills State University has partnered with CCAF to offer the following general education courses to fulfill the general education requirements for the AAS. Choose one course from each requirement area below.
At BHSU, 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 active military tuition reduction. When you apply to Black Hills State University, you WILL NOT be charged an admissions fee, as you will be considered a non-degree seeking student since you will just be taking general education courses.
Active military members can apply for a reduced military rate for undergraduate classes. This will lower your tuition to $250 per credit hour. If you apply for the reduced tuition rate and Air Force and Space Force TA (see below) you would cover the cost of your tuition. To apply for this discounted rate, please email Carol Racanelli at Carol.Racanelli@bhsu.edu to have her send you the form. You can either drop off the completed form at the Rushmore Center, RM 2401 and show your ID to her, or you can email the completed form, and include your most recent LES with the application.
You will need to contact your education service officer to determine your eligibility. You will also need to get authorization from your command before you can apply. Once you are deemed eligible, you can then register for classes. To learn more information about Air Force and Space Force TA, click here. For detailed step-by-step instructions, click here. Before you can access the online TA request process, you must create a user name and password on the AFVEC. This can be done through the Air Force Portal at https://www.my.af.mil
If you need help with academics or just getting information about our school resources please reach out to our Student Success center.
The GI Bill® is administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Armed Forces offer Airmen and Guardians several tuition assistance programs for college courses taken during off-duty hours. Apply for Benefits