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Estimated Costs for International Students

2020-2021 Estimated Costs for International Students

The following is the 2020-2021 estimated annual cost for international students attending South Dakota State University. Tuition, fees, room and board charges are subject to changes that are published annually by the South Dakota Board of Regents and annual increases of up to 5% should be expected.



15 credit hours


9 credit hours

Graduate, with Assistantship

9 credit hours


21 hours

Tuition*$5,586 $5,828 - -
Program Fee- - - $5,747

General Activity Fee
$50.10/credit hour

$752 $451 $451 included
International Student Fee$150 $150 $150 included

Residence Hall
Based on Mathews, Pierson, Young
or Hansen Halls (double occupancy)

$2,124 $2,802** $2,802** $2,124
Premier Meal Plan$1,991 $2,000** $2,000** $1,991
Books$550 $550 $550 $200

Includes estimate for transportation and other incidental costs

$685 $685 $685 $685
Semester tuition, fees, and living costs$11,838 $12,466 $6,638 $10,747
Yearly Health Insurance (Mandatory)***       
17–24 $832 $832 $832 $832
25–30 $1,015 $1,015 $1,015 $1,015
31–40 $1,371 $1,371 $1,371 $1,371
Annual Cost of Attendance       
17–24 $24,508 $25,763 $14,108 $22,326
25–30 $24,691 $25,947 $14,291 $22,509
31–40 $25,047 $26,303 $14,647 $22,865

*Based on 15 credit hours per semester of general courses which are required for 4-year graduation. Please visit Undergraduate Tuition and Fees by Major to determine actual costs by major. Programs such as Aviation and Architecture have significantly higher costs. Please see below for special programs with higher estimated costs of attendance.

**On campus graduate housing is very limited, please refer to Living Wage Calculator for Brookings County, South Dakota for estimated room and board costs.

Students should allow for personal expenses, which can run from $500 to $2,000 per year.

Additional Estimates of Annual Expenses

Additional Expense Price
Living Expenses for Dependent Spouse $9,555
Living Expenses for Each Dependent Child $6,627

If you are self-funded (the bank documents are in your name), you must provide evidence that you can fund your entire duration of the study. To determine this amount, multiply your total costs with dependents as follows:

Undergraduate and Ph.D. x 5 or Master's Degree x 3

***Insurance Requirements

  1. Insurance quotes are based on the GeoBlue Basic Plan. 
  2. Please contact for rates on applicants over 40 years of age.
  3. Mandatory University Insurance must be purchased through and not from another agency — either in your country or in the United States, unless eligible for the Federal Exchange. Please check the site for updated rates and policy changes. Age is a factor for insurance fees.
  4. Students who have been in the US for more than 5 years as an F1 Student or more than 2 years as a J1 Student/Scholar are required by law to purchase an insurance plan that meets the Affordable Care Act requirements. The GeoBlue Enhanced Plan meets this requirement. Please contact for rates. (Students that meet the 5 and 2-year requirement are eligible to purchase Health Insurance through the Federal Exchange).
  5. Dependent (spouse or child) plans can be purchased from Dependents are required to show proof of insurance. The insurance will be required to be on file.

Special Programs with higher estimated costs of attendance:

Accelerated Nursing Cost Estimate

Tuition and Fees$31,516.20 $31,516.20 $31,516.20
Room and Board$9,000 $9,000 $9,000
Other$4,960.28 $5,126.28 $5,449.28
Total$45,476.48 $45,642.48 $45,965.48

Architecture Annual Cost Estimate

Tuition and Fees$19,590.25 $19,590.25 $19,590.25
Room and Board$8,419.30 $8,419.30 $8,419.30
Other$3,227 $3,393 $3,716
Total$31,236.55 $31,402.55 $31,725.55

Aviation Education Specialization Annual Cost Estimate

Tuition and Fees$31,971 $31,971 $31,971
Room and Board$8,194 $8,194 $8,194
Other$3,205 $3,366 $3,680
Total$43,370 $43,531 $43,845