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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.

2018-2019 Undergraduate Cost Estimate

 SD Residents,
New Student Iowa & Nebraska* Residents
& Child of Alumni**
Tuition (per credit hour)
South Dakota Residents, New Student Iowa and Nebraska* Residents, Child of Alumni = $248/credit hour
Minnesota Reciprocity = $269/credit hour
Nonresidents = $361/credit hour
Based on 15 credit semester
General Activity Fee
$44/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$1,622$1,622$1,622
Total Semester Cost$8,418$8,733$10,113
TOTAL YEARLY COST$16,836$17,466$20,226

*Effective beginning with the summer 2018 term for all new first-time freshman and transfer Nebraska residents.

**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. Freshmen must have a 20 ACT composite score (930 SAT). Transfer students must have a 2.5 cumulative transfer GPA. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Some majors require additional discipline fees as well. 

Tuition & Fees

Iowa & Nebraska residents pay equivalent rate to in-state tuition

Starting summer 2016 at SDSU for Iowa residents and summer 2018 at SDSU for Nebraska residents, new freshmen and transfer students who are residents of each 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.