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Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

Your education should be affordable. At USD, it will be. 

The undergraduate cost of attendance is an estimate of the costs for one year as an undergraduate student at the University of South Dakota. Students are assigned a federal aid cost of attendance once they file a FAFSA, which is used to determine the maximum amount of financial aid needed.

Direct costs are those costs that are automatically billed to your university account.

Indirect costs are expenses that would still be incurred, but not charged by the university.

Cost of Attendance Explained

Tuition & Fees

These are the costs for your classes. The amount listed is based on 30 credits per academic year of tuition and the general activity fee; this does not include any special course fees. 

Housing & Food

The amount listed is based on an average of the residence options available and a standard food allowance that provides the equivalent of three meals each day. Your actual costs may differ depending on your housing assignment and meal plan choice. If you are not living on campus or do not have a meal plan through the university, you will not be charged for these items by the university.

Books, Course Materials, Supplies & Equipment

The amount listed is an estimate; your actual costs may differ each semester based on the classes you are taking.

Transportation & Personal Expenses

The amounts listed are an estimate for your daily personal expenses. These are not charged to you but you can use financial aid to help cover these costs if you so choose. Personal expenses include phone bills, clothes, entertainment, laundry, and gas.

Loan Fees

This amount is added to estimated costs to offset the direct loan origination fees.

Undergraduate Students Living On Campus

SD Resident, SD Advantage* or Child of Alumni
Non-Resident
Online
Direct Costs
Tuition & Fees
9432
12942
10643
Housing & Food
9904
9904
10501
Direct Costs Total
19336
22846
10643
Indirect Costs
Books, Course Materials, Supplies & Equipment
1200
1200
1200
Personal Expenses
3204
3204
3204
Transportation Expenses
1743
1743
3227
Loan Fees
80
80
80
Indirect Costs Total
6227
6227
18212
Total Annual Cost of Attendance Estimate
25563
29073
28855

Undergraduate Students Living Off Campus

SD Resident, SD Advantage* or Child of Alumni
Non-Resident
Online
USD - SF Associate Degree
Direct Costs
Tuition & Fees
9432
12942
10643
8898
Direct Costs Total
9432
12942
10643
8898
Indirect Costs
Housing & Food
10501
10501
10501
10501
Books, Course Materials, Supplies & Equipment
1200
1200
1200
1200
Personal Expenses
3204
3204
3204
3204
Transportation Expenses
3227
3227
3227
3227
Loan Fees
80
80
80
80
Indirect Costs Total
18212
18212
18212
18212
Total Annual Cost of Attendance Estimate
27644
31154
28855
27110

Undergraduate Students Living Off Campus with a Parent or Guardian

SD Resident, SD Advantage* or Child of Alumni
Non-Resident
Online
USD - SF Associate Degree
Direct Costs
Tuition & Fees
9432
12942
10643
8898
Direct Costs Total
9432
12942
10643
8898
Indirect Costs
Housing & Food
4640
4640
4640
4640
Books, Course Materials, Supplies & Equipment
1200
1200
1200
1200
Personal Expenses
3204
3204
3204
3204
Transportation Expenses
1743
1743
1743
1743
Loan Fees
80
80
80
80
Indirect Costs Total
10867
10867
10867
10867
Total Annual Cost of Attendance Estimate
20299
23809
21510
19765

* SD Advantage: The in-state rate is available to new undergraduate students who are residents of  South Dakota, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming and children of alumni of USD.

University of South Dakota tuition and fees are paid at the beginning of each semester and may change over the course of the year.

  1. Child of Alumni Rate: Parent or legal guardian received a degree from the University of South Dakota. For more information or to see if you qualify please contact the Office of Admissions at 605-658-6200.
  2. Students enrolled in select disciplines are subject to additional fees. View details of undergraduate tuition and fees.
  3. Housing rates based on double occupancy in a traditional-style residence hall. Explore housing and food costs.
  4. Undergraduate students living in residence halls are required to subscribe to a university meal plan. Food service rates shown represent the estimated cost of 21-meals per week. Various meal plans are available through the University of South Dakota's dining services.
 
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Carrying On Your Family's Coyote Legacy

Children of University of South Dakota alumni can pay in-state tuition for their undergraduate degrees – regardless of where they live. The program is limited to incoming freshmen or transfer students who attend the same university from which one of their parents or legal guardian received a degree. If students meet initial requirements for admission, their tuition rate will be at the in-state-rate per credit hour rather than the rate for out-of-state students making a world-class education from USD even more affordable. Students already accepted at USD should contact Connor Peterson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, at 605-658-6208 or Connor.Peterson@usd.edu to determine if they qualify for the new Child of Alumni rate.

Already a South Dakota Resident?  Learn more about the Coyote Legacy Scholarship.

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