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Estimated Costs for International Students

2021-2022 Estimated Costs for International Students

The following is the 2021-2022 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

Program Fee---$5,747

General Activity Fee
$50.85/credit hour

International Student Fee$150$150$150included

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

Premier Meal Plan$2,042$2,000**$2,000**$2,041

Includes estimate for transportation and other incidental costs

Semester tuition, fees, and living costs$12,016$12,604$6,748$10,859
Yearly Health Insurance (Mandatory)***    
Annual Cost of Attendance    

*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 ExpensePrice
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 eligible to purchase Health Insurance through the Federal Exchange. Please contact for information about this option. 
  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$32,888$32,888$32,888
Room and Board$9,000$9,000$9,000

Architecture Annual Cost Estimate

Tuition and Fees$19,775$19,775$19,775
Room and Board$8,416$8,419.30$8,419.30

Aviation Education Specialization Annual Cost Estimate

Tuition and Fees$32,341$32,341$32,341
Room and Board$8,416$8,416$8,416