Veterans Affairs at BHSU

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're 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 $250.00 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 keep up on the latest as it relates to COVID-19 and your VA benefits, visit this website:


Black Hills State University (BHSU) has partnered with the Community College of the Air Force to provide Active Duty members online general education classes.   If you're an Active Duty service member in the Air Force and would like to pursue your Associates Degree through CCAF you can take your general education classes through BHSU.  If you're interested go to our GEM web page to apply.


Find out more if you are interested in teaching, preparing to teach, or are currently teaching. This program includes a $5,000 stipend, a $10,000 bonus, and assists current teachers in obtaining additional endorsements. Learn more...

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BHSU historic articles mirror present-day recommendations for COVID-19

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Articles from the Black Hills State University archives about the Spanish Flu are providing some unity between alumni from 100 years ago and students affected by the Coronavirus pandemic today. Elizabeth Foss, history major from Broken Bow, Neb., will graduate from BHSU May 9. She says when people look back at the student experience at BHSU during this pandemic, “they will see students trying their best to manage a complete shake-up of the norm.”

More than 100 BHSU students honored for volunteerism and service during online awards ceremony

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More than 100 Black Hills State University students, plus faculty, staff, and administrators, gathered virtually for the 28th Annual Student Volunteer Awards Ceremony. The pandemic, which has kept students off campus, did not stop BHSU students from gathering online last week to celebrate the achievements of their peers. Dr. Erica Whitiker, associate director of the Student Union and Campus Activities, said the transition of the event to an online format due to COVID-19 was well received.

BHSU named a Top 10 Military Friendly® School

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Black Hills State University was named a Top 10 Military Friendly® School by VIQTORY media company. The university earned the Top 10 ranking in the small public university category. BHSU earned high rankings in the “Culture & Commitment” and “Military Student Support & Retention” categories of the Military Friendly® benchmarks.


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