Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

South Dakota State University tuition is $7,451 per year for in-state residents. This is 3% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 42% cheaper than the average South Dakota tuition of $12,891 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 6th in South Dakota amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 13th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $10,815 which represents a 45% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,313 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,764.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $8,563 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Brookings should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,500.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,300 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,300 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state South Dakota residents to go to South Dakota State University is $23,127 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have South Dakota residence can expect a one year cost of $26,491.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for South Dakota State University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for South Dakota State University
Estimated Budgets
South Dakota Resident Total Budget $23,127
   In-State Tuition$7,451
   Other Fees$1,313
   Room and Board$8,563
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,300
   Books and Supplies$1,500
Non-Resident Total Budget $26,491
   Out-of-State Tuition$10,815
   Other Fees$1,313
   Room and Board$8,563
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,300
   Books and Supplies$1,500


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $23,127 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported South Dakota State University net price for in-state students is $18,204* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

64% of South Dakota State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,201. 23 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $3,945. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend South Dakota State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for South Dakota State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$18,204*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid64%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,201
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants23%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,945

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$15,626
$30,001 to $48,000$16,062
$48,001 to $75,000$18,854
$75,001 to $110,000$20,766

Average Financial Aid Mix - $23,127 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,127. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 22% - $4,201

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, South Dakota State University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 29% - $5,488

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 49% -  $9,138

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. South Dakota State University
University of South Dakota0% less expensive
Minnesota State University Mankato3.7% less expensive
Minnesota State University Moorhead0.6% less expensive
North Dakota State University Main Campus6.8% more expensive
University of Wisconsin River Falls13.7% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at South Dakota State University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at South Dakota State University is $92,508 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $12,815 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $51,260**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $115,635 or $64,075 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at South Dakota State University.

South Dakota Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,726
South Dakota Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,564
Non-South Dakota Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,408
Non-South Dakota Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,246

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at South Dakota State University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at South Dakota State University
Price per credit hour for South Dakota residents$292
Cost for one class for South Dakota residents (3 credit hours)$876
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$404
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,212
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,616


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 67% of South Dakota State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,488. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $22,451.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for South Dakota State University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $51,260, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $63,601.90. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at South Dakota State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 64% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $12,815. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our South Dakota State University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

South Dakota State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$530.02
Amount Borrowed$51,260.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$12,341.90
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$63,601.90

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend South Dakota State University? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending South Dakota State University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $63,601.90 would be needed to afford a $530.02 monthly payment in the example $51,260.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to South Dakota State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,897 to $7,451. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 18.2%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $92,508.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for South Dakota State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$31,805$127,220
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$40,592$162,369
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $51,807$207,228
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $59,973$239,892

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at South Dakota State University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 287 26% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 88 34% cheaper
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design Bachelor's Degree 66 27% cheaper
Consumer Economics Bachelor's Degree 48 27% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 44 21% cheaper
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 43 21% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 42 38% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 41 34% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 41 24% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 34 27% cheaper
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 30 28% cheaper
Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree 29 26% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 26 38% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 24 34% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 21 18% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 19 37% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 18 28% cheaper
General Studies Associate's Degree 18 25% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 17 22% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 16 17% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 15 35% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 15 30% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other Bachelor's Degree 15 27% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 15 30% cheaper
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 14 29% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 13 34% cheaper
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 12 20% cheaper
Agricultural Mechanization, General Bachelor's Degree 12 19% cheaper
Agriculture Associate's Degree 11 55% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 11 32% cheaper
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 11 36% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 11 26% cheaper
Engineering/Industrial Management Bachelor's Degree 10 33% cheaper
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 9 31% cheaper
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Bachelor's Degree 9 29% cheaper
Visual and Performing Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 9 35% cheaper
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management Bachelor's Degree 9 30% cheaper
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Bachelor's Degree 9 19% cheaper
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Bachelor's Degree 8 22% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 8 39% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 7 36% cheaper
Flight Instructor Bachelor's Degree 6 3% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 6 36% cheaper
Computer Software Engineering Bachelor's Degree 6 31% cheaper
Family Resource Management Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 5 27% cheaper
Natural Resources Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree 4 31% cheaper
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 4 33% cheaper
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 34% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 44% cheaper
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 3 43% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 3 28% cheaper
Agricultural Communication/Journalism Bachelor's Degree 3 25% cheaper
Dairy Science Bachelor's Degree 3 29% cheaper
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 40% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 3 35% cheaper
Geography, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 3 36% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 2 36% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 2 31% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 43% cheaper
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 21% cheaper
Range Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 41% cheaper
Technical Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 1 30% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 40% cheaper
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 29% cheaper
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 1 34% cheaper
Music Management Bachelor's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 28% cheaper


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About South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University is a four year public college located in Brookings, South Dakota.  Full time enrollment is 8,727 and part time is 3,377. Learn more about getting accepted at South Dakota State University at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

South Dakota State University
Administration Lane
Brookings, South Dakota

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

South Dakota State University is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

South Dakota State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=219356 IPEDS survey data.