ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved a 4.4% hike in tuition and mandatory fees for the state's public universities.
Students will pay about $335 more per year under the plan approved Thursday.
Regents President Kathryn Johnson says the board's intent was to minimize the overall increase to students, but it faced a number of cost drivers that necessitate the change.
Johnson says tuition and fee rates set by the regents must address system enrollment growth, service to students and provide the highest quality education possible for all students.
On average, an in-state undergraduate student taking 30 credit hours next year will pay just over $7,900 for tuition and fees.
The new rates are effective for the 2013-14 academic year, which begins this summer.
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