March 03, 2021

South Dakota Regents Want To Repeal Higher Tuition For Off-Campus Classes

Jan 21, 2021 | ,

(KVHT) – It may be the end of the higher tuition at South Dakota’s university centers that the Legislature required 15 years ago as a condition for allowing them to open. The state Senate Education Committee on Thursday unanimously recommended the repeal through a bill that would remove all references to self-support tuition. The bill will move on to the full Senate for consideration as early as Friday afternoon. The state Board of Regents oversees the public universities and wants the repeal. That suggests Governor Kristi Noem does too, because the governor appoints the regents. For the current year, undergraduates pay between $251 and $258 per credit hour for an on-campus course at the six traditional universities, including the University of South Dakota. However, off campus credit hours cost more than $350 per hour. According to the system vice president for finance and administration, the regents currently have a group studying tuition and fees. Low enrollments at the centers led the regents to eventually withdraw most programs at the Pierre building and re-cast the Sioux Falls campus as the USD Community College for Sioux Falls.

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