SPEARFISH, S.D. — Black Hills State University was recently placed on the Military Friendly gold list, which is the highest level of service a college or university can provide for veterans or active duty personnel.
Military Friendly is a website that evaluates educational institutions using public date to determine how military friendly a school is. BHSU made this list by helping military personnel in a number of different ways, especially for their work in helping veterans who no longer have anymore GI Bill money.
Greg Krajewski, Veteran Resource Coordinator for Black Hills State University, said, “There is a program for veterans to receive free tuition; they just need to go online and apply for it on the South Dakota Veterans Department website. They can get for every qualified month of service they’ll get a months worth of eligibility for that free tuition up to 48 months.”
One of the biggest struggles for active duty airman attending Black Hills State is not being able to finish their degrees in a timely manner, but with General Education Mobile programs, BHSU is trying to help them graduate sooner.
Krajewski also said, “Currently its about eight years to get an Associates Degree they wanna knock that down to six or even five. This program will actually let an airman who maybe even deployed somewhere can continue that schooling all online. The biggest piece to this is it won’t cost them anything.”
After obtaining an Associates degree, Black Hills State can also help those in the military get their Bachelors degree through the GEM program as well.