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Children of Alumni tuition plan will benefit students, the University of South Dakota, and the state of South Dakota

Children of University of South Dakota alumni can pay in-state tuition for their undergraduate degrees regardless of where they live under a program recently approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

“We see this as an opportunity to attract students who already have a connection to South Dakota back to South Dakota," said Jim Moran, USD provost and vice president of academic affairs. "This tuition incentive program encourages them to return to the state not only for a top quality education but also for their professional and work-related futures.”

Qualification is simple. If the child of an alumnus is accepted at USD his or her tuition will be at the in-state rate of $138.80 per credit hour rather than the $208.20 per credit hour paid by other out-of-state students. That's a savings of $79.60 per credit hour, which makes a 120-credit degree program cost $16,656 instead of $24,984.

"If you are already accepted at USD, give me a call at 605-658-6220 or send me an email at to see whether you qualify for the child of alumni rate," said Mark Petty, dean of enrollment. "And if you haven't considered USD, we'd love to talk to you about getting a great liberal arts education for the same price as a South Dakota resident."


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 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News