State Survivor Benefits For South Dakota

Free Tuition for Children of Veterans Who Die During Service


  • Children and step children
  • Children must be under the age of 25
  • Service members cause of death must be ruled line of duty, Suicides are covered provided it can be proved that they were service connected (PTSD) and occurred while on active duty
  • Service member must have been a South Dakota resident at time of entrance into service, student must be a South Dakota resident at time of application
  • Can be used with federal benefits


  • Waiver of tuition and fees
  • Does not cover room, board or books
  • Only covers undergraduate degree
  • Must be used at a South Dakota state funded postsecondary institution


  • Copy of DD1300 or DD214
  • Copy of service members death certificate
  • Copy of marriage license for stepchildren
  • Proof of residency
  • Application

Application due date: None

Contact for further information: Shane Olivier- (605) 773-3648

Note: This information is current as of September 16, 2014. The information provided is meant to provide a general overview of the state benefits and should be considered in connection with individual circumstances.