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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.

2017-2018 Undergraduate Cost Estimate

  SD Resident,
New Student Iowa Residents
& Child of Alumni*
Tuition (per credit hour)
South Dakota Residents, New Freshmen & Transfer Iowa Students, Child of Alumni = $240/credit hour
Minnesota Reciprocity = $268/credit hour
Nonresidents = $348/credit hour
Based on 15 credit semester
$3,600 $4,020 $5,220
General Activity Fee
$42/credit hour
$630 $630 $630

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.

$1,855 $1,855 $1,855
Average Meal Plan $1,700 $1,700 $1,700
Books $500 $500 $500
Total Semester Cost $8,285 $8,705 $9,905
TOTAL YEARLY COST $16,570 $17,410 $19,810

*Non-resident freshmen and transfer students may qualify for in-state tuition and fees 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 Admission's office for more information.

Some majors require additional discipline fees as well. 

Tuition & Fees

Iowa residents pay in-state tuition

New freshmen and transfer students who are residents of Iowa will pay in-state tuition rates under a new program just approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents. This new program is effective beginning with the Summer 2016 semester.

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.
  • New freshmen must have a minimum 20 ACT composite score or 930 SAT by the first day of semester classes.
  • Transfer students must have a 2.5 cumulative transfer grade point average (GPA).
  • 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.

What is Minnesota Reciprocity?

The Minnesota Reciprocity tuition rate is established through a negotiated agreement between the South Dakota Board of Regents and the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board. The rate is based on the average cost of tuition at Minnesota universities.