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How much does it cost to attend?

In State South Dakota Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for University of South Dakota
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,635
Room and Board $8,410
Other Expenses Budget$4,560
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for University of South Dakota
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,635
Room and Board $8,410
Other Expenses Budget$4,560

Residents of South Dakota pay an annual total price of $23,502 to attend University of South Dakota on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $7,697 for tuition, $8,410 room and board, $1,200 for books and supplies and $1,635 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $26,977 which is 14.8% higher than South Dakota residents. The tuition charge is $11,172 while room and board is $8,410, books and supplies are $1,200 and other fees come in at $1,635.

All price data is sourced from the 2020/2021 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend University of South Dakota when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income University of South Dakota
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$15,495
$30,001 to $48,000$17,294
$48,001 to $75,000$19,548
$75,001 to $110,000$21,009

The average reported annual net price for University of South Dakota for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $18,480 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

91% of full-time undergrad University of South Dakota received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $5,145 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 63% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,341 and 14% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $9,981.

Finanical Aid University of South Dakota
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $5,145 91%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $3,722 60%
Pell Grants $4,351 29%
Other Federal Grants $1,105 37%
State and Local Grants $1,342 19%
Federal Student Loans $5,341 63%
Other Student Loans $9,981 14%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to University of South Dakota, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $51,844. The loan balance of $51,844 is a four year multiple of the $12,961 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $495 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 2.75%.

Example Loan $51,844
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $494.65
Total Interest Paid $7,513.87
Sum of All Loan Payments $59,357.87

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year South Dakota Residents Non Residents
1 $23,502 $26,977
2 $27,136 $31,148
3 $31,332 $35,964
4 $36,176 $41,525

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at University of South Dakota to be $94,008 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 15.5% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at University of South Dakota
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
South Dakota Residents $257 $771 $1,028
Out of State Residents $372 $1,116 $1,488

Estimated cost for a class at University of South Dakota based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at University of South Dakota versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

University of South Dakota Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=219471 IPEDS survey data for University of South Dakota.