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Cost Estimate

Great opportunity shouldn't mean great expense. Attend a nationally recognized university for one of the country's best values.

In addition, SDSU has several tuition reduction programs that make it even more affordable for you.

2019–2020 Undergraduate Cost Estimates

 South Dakota Residents,
South Dakota Advantage*
& Child of Alumni**
Tuition (per credit hour)
South Dakota Residents, New Student IA, NE, ND, WY, MT & CO* Residents, Child of Alumni = $256.55/credit hour
Minnesota Reciprocity = $269/credit hour
Nonresidents = $372.40/credit hour
Based on 15 credit semester
General Activity Fee
$47.25/credit hour

Residence Hall
This rate is based on a double-occupancy room in a tier-one hall. Internet access included. Rates vary based on hall. See individual hall rates below.

Average Meal Plan$1,648$1,648$1,648
Total Semester Cost$8,695$8,875$10,420
TOTAL YEARLY COST$17,390$17,750$20,840

*All new first-time and transfer students from Iowa and Nebraska (effective now), and North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado effective beginning with the summer 2019 term.

**Non-resident freshmen and transfer students may qualify for a rate equivalent to in-state tuition if a parent or legal guardian graduated from South Dakota State University. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Online courses, no matter your state of residency, are at a cost of $340.05 per credit hour for undergraduate courses, which includes tuition and all general fees. More information can be found here.

Some majors require additional discipline fees as well.

Residents of adjacent states pay equivalent rate to in-state tuition

Starting summer 2016 for Iowa, summer 2018 for Nebraska, and summer 2019 for North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado, new freshmen and transfer students who are residents of these state will pay an equivalent rate to in-state tuition.

Children of Alumni

Children of SDSU alumni can qualify for in-state tuition no matter where they live under a new program approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents. To qualify, non-resident students must:

  • Have one parent of legal guardian who graduated from South Dakota State University with an associate, bachelor, masters, or doctorate degree.
  • The Child of Alumni application form must be submitted by the first day of semester classes.

Specific Residence Hall Rates

Please see the Residential Life page for specific residence hall rates.