South Dakota Dentist Tuition Reimbursement Program

Office of Rural Health
Type Loan Forgiveness
Amount -
Duration Year

See website for more details.


This program provides qualifying dentists a payment in return for three continuous years of full-time practice in an eligible rural community. Dentists must enter into a contract with the South Dakota Department of Health to qualify. The amount of tuition reimbursement for a qualifying dentist is equal to double the current USD School of Medicine’s resident tuition for the most recent four-year period. Since South Dakota does not have a dental school, the USD School of Medicine’s resident tuition is used as the basis for reimbursement. The current amount is approximately $100,000.

To be eligible a dentist must:

  • Be licensed as a dentist in South Dakota
  • Agree to practice as a general dentist in an eligible community for at least three consecutive years
  • Provide services to Medicaid, Medicare and State Children’s Health Insurance Program patients

To be eligible a community must:

  • Have a population of 10,000 or less
  • Be assessed by the Department of Health and determined to both need and be able to sustain a dentist
  • Agree to pay a pro-rated portion of the total reimbursement payments
    • Under 2,500 population – 25%
    • 2,500-5,000 – 50%
    • Over 5,000 – 75%


This funding opportunity requires applicants to hold U.S. Citizenship.

More Information

Office of Rural Health
600 E. Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 1-800-738-2301
Fax: 605-773-3517