Cost of a South Dakota college education up nearly 3 percent

Published: Mar. 30, 2017 at 12:24 PM CDT
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The South Dakota Board of Regents Thursday approved tuition and mandatory fees for the upcoming academic year.

According to a release from the regents, the average increase for students is about 2.9 percent, $237.81 a year.

“While we had requested additional state funds to buy down tuition in the regents’ budget request last fall, state revenue was not available to make that happen for the coming year,” said Regents President Randy Schaefer. Schaefer said the Board of Regents was fortunate to be able to hold the line on resident state-supported tuition rates in 2014 and 2016, when additional state general funds were appropriated by the Legislature.

On average, an in-state undergraduate student taking 30 credit hours next year will pay $8,555.32 for tuition and the mandatory activity fee. These new rates are effective for the 2017-18 academic year that begins this summer.

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