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Enrollment declines at South Dakota public universities

Fall enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities is down 3 percent, according to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

The Board of Regents announced earlier this fall that the number of full-time equivalent students for the fall 2019 term was down by 789 to a total of about 25,304 students. The Regents base the number of full-time equivalent student on total credit hours generated by all students within the regents’ system.

Paul B. Beran, the regents’ executive director and CEO said some students are choosing to work over education because of the low unemployment rate in the state especially if they lack financial resources to go to college. He said South Dakota lacks a stable source of state-level, need-based financial aid.