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Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$13,447 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$3,726 tuition
$5,235 on campus room & board
$1,000 books
$3,486 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$15,312 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$5,591 tuition
$5,235 on campus room & board
$1,000 books
$3,486 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$1,507 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
94% of students receive aid
42% get federal aid ($4,384 avg)
21% get state aid ($944 avg)
52% get institn'l aid ($1,507 avg)
75% get loans ($6,100 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 5.37% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 6.40% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $3,809 74%
Federal Grant Aid $4,384 42%
Pell Grants $3,570 40%
Other Federal Grants $1,259 31%
Institution Grant Aid $1,507 52%
State Grant Aid $944 21%
Student Loans $6,100 75%
Federal Loans $5,298 74%
Other Loans $6,617 10%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 1
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does Dakota State University offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
820 N Washington Ave
Madison, SD 57042-1799
(605) 256-5111
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $240
Out of State $303


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 3
  • Ian Barse from Rapid City, SD
  • Mar-14-2014 I am a current student here

    If you are looking to go to Dakota State for computer science or a subject of that sort, it is very much worth every penny. Also, if you play sports it is worth the money as well.

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  • 5
  • Chantelle from Sioux Falls, SD
  • Nov-15-2013 I am a current student here

    If you live in South Dakota then Dakota State University is the place to go. Because Dakota State is the cheapest University school there is here.

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  • 5
  • Anastasia Gentles
  • Oct-10-2013 I am a current student here

    Dakota State is the cheapest school that I looked into, and I am an out of state student. I think that DSU is definitely worth the cost of coming here. I don't think that there is another college where you can pay minimal cost and get a one to one experience with a great professor who wants to see you succeed.

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  • 3
  • College Junior in Madison, SD
  • Oct-09-2013 I am a current student here

    DSU isn't all that expensive (compared to other schools). I feel as though I made the right decision choosing this college. I feel as though I belong, and I'm sure you'll feel the same way!

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