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USD Offers Interest-Free Loan to Help Students Buy Textbooks

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Full-time, Undergraduate Students on Campus Can Charge $500 at Bookstore and Pay Later

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will offer undergraduate students an interest-free, $500 loan to help them buy books and supplies starting with the Fall 2015 semester.

“We know students have a lot of expenses at the beginning of each semester, and we don’t want anyone to delay buying their textbooks because of cash flow,” said Sheila Gestring, USD chief financial officer. “We are offering this as a pilot program to see if students find it helpful.

“Students will be able to charge up to $500 worth of books and class supplies at the USD Bookstore and pay for them over the rest of the semester on their USD bill,” she said.

The program is open to any full-time, undergraduate student who is taking at least one class face-to-face on the Vermillion campus. There is no requirement to prove financial need.

The $500 charge account will be available starting three weeks before classes begin and will continue for two weeks into the semester, said Angela Miller, manager of the Barnes & Noble bookstore in the Muenster University Center.

The bookstore will have a list of students who are eligible for the charge account, and students will visit the bookstore in person to take advantage of the program. 

“At this time the $500 loan is not available on our website,” Miller said. “But that is something we may look at in the future. Students can use it on all textbooks in the store whether they rent or buy, new or used, hard copy or digital books.”

Gestring and Miller said they will evaluate the response to the pilot program to see if any changes will be needed in the future.

ABOUT USD

Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. View more information.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

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Peter Carrels
Marketing Communications & University Relations
The University of South Dakota
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USD Beacom School of Business Online MBA Rated One of World’s Top 25

Monday, April 27, 2015

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota has one of the world’s best online MBA programs, according to the QS Distance Online MBA ranking.

QS Distance Online Ranking looks at numerous MBA programs around the world and ranks only 25 of them. Selection focuses on 18 indicators including quality of students and faculty, diversity, completion rates, employability of students upon graduation, and the overall MBA experience. The methodology employed by QS Distance Online MBA Ranking put USD’s online MBA 23rd globally. USD’s program was one of 12 online programs from the United States to achieve global ranking by QS.

“Our online MBA consistently receives the highest rankings from rating agencies,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “This global ranking truly reflects the high value our program delivers – high-quality learning experiences at a very affordable cost.”

The full QS Distance Online MBA Ranking 2015 can be viewed at www.TopMBA.com/onlineMBA.

ABOUT THE BEACOM SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

The University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business, established in 1927 and located at the flagship campus in Vermillion, is the leading business school in the state of South Dakota and the region. The Beacom School of Business has been accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) since 1949 and its MBA program has been accredited by AACSB since 1965. USD’s Beacom School of Business has been consistently ranked by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and others for its high quality learning experience, student success, affordability, flexibility, and high-caliber of faculty and students.

ABOUT USD

Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. View more information.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

PRESS CONTACT

Peter Carrels
Marketing Communications & University Relations
The University of South Dakota
605-216-1233
usdnews@usd.edu


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