Public University Tuition and Fees Frozen for 2016-17

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Additional state funding, thanks to action by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the Legislature, will keep on-campus tuition and mandatory fees, along with program and delivery fees, unchanged for resident students at South Dakota public universities next year.

The South Dakota Board of Regents took action this week to set the tuition and fee schedule for the 2016-17 academic year.

This year, the state budgeted one-time funds to pay off construction bonds and redirect those savings to fund a tuition freeze for resident university students. Annual bond savings of just over $2.9 million, along with a $324,020 general fund appropriation, will cover salary/benefit costs and inflation normally paid by resident students through tuition and fee increases. The tuition freeze does not apply to non-resident tuition rates or to self-supported tuition rates paid at off-campus centers and for distance-delivered courses.

“The importance of making sure all eligible South Dakotans can access higher education, while keeping costs affordable, cannot be overstated,” said Regents President Randy Schaefer. “We are very thankful for the governor’s and lawmakers’ support this year on behalf of the public university system and its students.”


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News