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South Dakota State University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$19,472 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$7,155 tuition
$9,800 on campus room & board
$1,500 books and supplies
$1,017 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$22,703 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$10,386 tuition
$9,800 on campus room & board
$1,500 books and supplies
$1,017 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$2,596 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
92% of students receive aid
26% get federal aid ($4,149 avg)
23% get state aid ($994 avg)
55% get institn'l aid ($2,596 avg)
69% get loans ($7,664 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 1.98% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 5.21% 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 $4,069 68%
Federal Grant Aid $4,149 26%
Pell Grants $3,932 26%
Other Federal Grants $756 11%
Institution Grant Aid $2,596 55%
State Grant Aid $994 23%
Student Loans $7,664 69%
Federal Loans $5,545 68%
Other Loans $8,793 17%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
$18,000 R R
$1,000 R
$800 R R
$1,000 R
$600 y
$500 y
$500 y
$1,000 R
$600 R
$700 y
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 10
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does South Dakota State University offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
Administration Lane
Brookings, SD 57007-1898
(800) 952-3541
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $272
Out of State $380


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 3
  • KN from MN
  • Jul-27-2015 I am a current student here

    I'm from MN and having the reciprocity with SDSU was a benefit of making my decision to attend there. I don't have to pay full out of state tuition so that helps in the financial aspect of it.

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  • Taylor
  • Apr-11-2014 I am a current student here

    There are a few programs that are exceptional and are definitely underrated. Otherwise, the school is generally well priced.

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  • Skyler from Watertown, SD
  • Mar-22-2014 I am a current student here

    This school definitely is a bang for the buck because you get a quality education from a 4-year university without the high costs being involved.

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  • 3
  • Rebecca from Brookings, SD
  • Feb-09-2014 I am a current student here

    You pay for what you get. There are some good professors that will make an impact on your life, but there are just as many professors that you'll wish you could forget about after three weeks sitting in their class. I would like to note that the labs I have been in so far have been shoddy and overpriced. The CHEM 112 lab book (written by the professor and required for the class for an exorbitant price) instructs students to pull test tubes out of boiling water with bare hands carefully and to use wads of paper towels to (hopefully) not burn your fingers on the way to the sink with beakers of boiling water. Be prepared to be scalded since the department doesn't seem to think that any sort of silicon pot holder type thing is a waste of money. As is having actual, working lab equipment available to undergrads not involved in research.

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  • Molly
  • Jan-30-2014 I am a current student here

    South Dakota State University is very reasonable in price, compared to many states.

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