Nebraska high school students now have another reason to choose a university in South Dakota. Action Wednesday by the South Dakota Board of Regents allows Nebraska students who are new first-time freshmen or new transfer students to qualify for undergraduate resident tuition at South Dakota State University beginning in summer 2018.
In April 2016, the SDBOR approved a similar plan for Iowa-based students who were new first-time freshmen or new transfer students beginning in summer 2016. The move has resulted in an increase of Iowa students attending South Dakota State.
The tuition discount, based on current-year rates, is a $3,247.50 reduction for each new student taking 30 credit hours over the course of a full academic year. This will result in a savings of more than $13,000 for these students over four years.
“Nebraska has been a successful recruitment market for South Dakota State University. This program will allow us to strengthen our value for Nebraskans for years to come,” said Michaela Willis, SDSU’s vice president for student affairs. “We have seen increases in the number of first-year students from Nebraska in recent years and will continue to focus efforts in Nebraska with our new strategic enrollment management plan. We look forward to working with more Nebraska residents to take advantage of this new opportunity and be part of the Jackrabbits family.”