The cost to attend a South Dakota public institution going up slightly

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April 4, 2019

Students will pay a little more next year to attend one of the South Dakota public institutions.

The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved tuition and mandatory fees for the upcoming academic year. The impact to students in the public university system is an average cost increase of $300.27 per year, or 3.4 percent.

On average, an in-state undergraduate student taking 30 credit hours next year will pay $9,250.82 for tuition and mandatory fees. These new rates are effective for the 2019-20 academic year that begins this summer.

“Tuition setting is always a balancing act, and this adjustment to tuition and mandatory fees attempts to keep cost to our students as low as possible,” said Regents President Kevin V. Schieffer.

According to a news release issued by the Board of Regents, the increase was necessary to cover increased personnel costs (mandated by the state legislature) and inflation. In addition, the Board of Regents approved a South Dakota State University request for a $2.70 per credit hour tuition increase for all on-campus credits to support student activities.

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