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Special Non-Resident Tuition Programs Approved





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Special Non-Resident Tuition Programs Approved


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Several tuition programs, aimed at recruiting non-resident students to South Dakota public universities, were approved this week by the South Dakota Board of Regents.


While the board normally sets tuition rates in March, early approval of these specialized programs was granted to allow universities more time to recruit students from surrounding states.


“Our universities continue to look for new opportunities to grow enrollments and better utilize capacity of existing campus facilities,” said Regents President Bob Sutton. “Bringing in more non-resident students helps lower costs for all students and also tends to grow our South Dakota workforce.”


The undergraduate tuition programs approved will grant the equivalent of:

  • Resident tuition rate for first-time freshmen and new transfers from Nebraska attending Dakota State University, Northern State University, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, South Dakota State University, and University of South Dakota.
  • Resident tuition rate for first-time freshmen and new transfers from Colorado and Montana attending Black Hills State University.
  • Resident tuition rate for high-achieving first-time freshmen and new transfers from Colorado attending SDSM&T. The rate applies to qualifying students with a minimum of a 27 ACT score and a 3.5 grade point average.


At the USD School of Law, the regents approved offering the equivalent of resident tuition rates to high-achieving law school students with a LSAT examination score of 155 or higher.


As approved, the new rates apply beginning with the 2018-19 academic year.