Estimated Cost of Attendance

The costs shown below indicate the basic expenses that all students should expect to pay to attend each school - these are calculated based on one year expenses for 15 credits per semester for tuition and generally applicable fees (those that are assessed to the general student population and do not include discipline fees, support fees, etc.)

The full Cost of Attendance (COA), however, will vary among schools, programs and student needs, but could include: books, technology, supplies, transportation, loan fees, personal computer, child care, dependent care, costs related to a disability or eligible study-abroad programs. For more information, students can contact the school and inquire about a specific program.


School Tuition and Fees1 Books and Supplies On Campus Room and Board Totals
Black Hills State University $8,763.00 $1,200.00 $7,302.00 $17,265.00
Dakota State University 1 $8,835.00 $1,997.50 $7,464.00 $18,296.50
Northern State University $8,843.00 $1,200.00 $7,610.00 $17,653.00
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 3 $10,440.00 $2,060.00 $8,020.00 $20,520.00
South Dakota State University $9,300.00 $1,200.00 $7,258.00 $17,758.00
University of South Dakota $9,432.00 $1,200.00 $8,224.00 $18,856.00
Lake Area Technical College 4 $6,867.00 $1,560.00 n/a $8,427.00
Mitchell Technical College $6,720.00 $700.00 n/a $7,420.00
Southeast Technical College $6,750.00 $700.00 n/a $8,350.00
Western Dakota Technical College $9,035.00 $1,200.00 n/a $10,235.00

1 Dakota State University charges a $797.50 wireless computing fee that includes a tablet computer, wireless and wired access to university network, software and on campus support
2 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology charges an $860 for a Tablet PC Program

College Costs

The estimated costs of attendance at South Dakota public universities and technical colleges are shown below. However, when considering scholarships and grants, the actual costs to a student are often much lower. Find the Net College Price Calculator in the links below to estimate your financial aid options at each school and determine the net price for a first-time, full-time student.

Loan Payment Calculator

The Loan Payment Calculator noted in the link below provides an estimate of the size of your monthly loan payments and the annual salary required to manage them without too much financial difficulty. This loan calculator can be used with Federal education loans (Stafford, Perkins, and PLUS) and most private student loans. (This student loan calculator can also be used as an auto loan calculator or to calculate your mortgage payments.)