Average College Costs
There is plenty of talk these days about the price of college. It is easy to get scared away — but how much does college really cost? The answer is “It just depends.” Colleges come in a wide variety and, depending on the choices you make, the price of a college education can be quite reasonable — especially if you view college as an investment in yourself and your future.  

Keep in mind that the actual price the average undergraduate pays for a college education is considerably lower than the published tuition and fees. This is usually due to grants and other forms of financial aid. Look at the table below to see what it really costs to attend college (Use the College Cost Calculator also to get a figure more specific to your situation). Remember also additional costs to attend college such as clothes, personal items, laundry, transportation, and other living expenses.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for South Dakota Public Institutions and Technical Institutes. 


School Tuition & Fees (a) Books & Supplies (b) On Campus Room & Board (c) Off Campus Room & Board (d) Totals 
Black Hills State University $8,004 $1,200 $6,458   $15,662 
Dakota State University $8,506 $1,000 $5,308   $14,814
Northern State University $7,887 $1,200  $6,576   $15,663 
SD School of Mines & Technology ^ $10,370 $2,000^ $7,300   $19,670 
South Dakota State University $8,190 $1,000 $6,364   $15,554 
University of South Dakota $8,457 $1,200  $7,172   $16,829

* These 2015-2016 estimates are for dependent students who are South Dakota residents, and are subject to change.  It is important that you contact the school(s) you are interested in attending to determine what your actual costs will be.  Also keep in mind that schools may have varying amounts of financial aid to assist with school costs. 
^ Includes rental of a tablet PC
(a) Tuition is based on 15 credit hours per semester for a standard academic year unless noted otherwise.  Cost may be different depending on the number of hours enrolled.  Fees are based on standard fees.  Be aware, there may be additional fees for certain programs of study.
(b) Books and supplies may vary based on your program of study.  Some programs may have higher costs.
(c) Assumes double occupancy using the most comprehensive meal plan.
(d) Estimate of the cost of room and board to live in the community where the school is located.

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