SNAP Employment and Training

Tuition Funding Available Through S.D. Department of Social Services

Students receiving benefits through the South Dakota Department of Social Services Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may also be eligible for tuition assistance at Southeast Technical College through the SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) program.

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Eligible Programs

Most of STC’s diploma, certificate and non-credit courses that can be completed in one year or less are eligible for SNAP Employment and Training. Programs and courses include:




Industrial Technology

Information Technology

Transportation Technology

Student Eligibility

Eligible participants must:
  • Be an eligible SNAP recipient;
  • Be a South Dakota resident; and 
  • Be enrolled in an approved STC course or program.

How it Works

Follow These Steps:

  1. Select Program

    Select one of the approved SNAP E&T program options.


    • For certificate options, select "Non-Degree Seeking" when asked "What kind of student are you?"
    • For diploma options, select "Degree Seeking" when asked "What kind of student are you?"
    CDL applicants should submit the appropriate CDL Class A or CDL Class B application. 
  3. Apply for Federal Funding

    If your program is eligible for Federal Financial Aid, you must apply and complete the FAFSA before receiving DSS funding.

  4. Verify

    Once your application has been processed, an Admissions representative and DSS will verify eligibility. Students that are not currently eligible for SNAP will be sent an application to complete. The SNAP application can also be completed online.

  5. Official Schedule

    Southeast Technical College will complete the registration and send you a class schedule.

  6. Billing

    STC will bill DSS directly.

  7. Work with your case managers

    DSS and STC will provide case managers to ensure that participants enrolled in SNAP E&T receive the supports and services they need to successfully complete their education program and transition into employment. 

Covered Costs

The SNAP Employment and Training program funding covers Southeast Tech’s tuition and fees for approved courses and programs, including the $75 registration fee.

Additional Assistance 

Additional assistance through DSS may be available to help cover education-related costs that will promote a student’s success in their program. Examples include transportation expenses, tools, uniforms, etc.

Non-Discrimination Statement

  • In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 1.800.877.8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
  • To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 1.866.632.9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Ave., SW. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 2. Fax: 202.690.7442; or 3. Email: