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Net Price of South Dakota Colleges by Income

Cost of South Dakota Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2022

Questions & Answers

What do all these numbers mean?

All costs shown here are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket for one year at the college in question. Net cost is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Figures are based on data from the 2019-20 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2022.

What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for one year at that particular college. It includes:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

How can I use this information?

This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $20,090 and the average private school would be $23,100. You can also get information on specific South Dakota schools in the chart above or the tables below.

Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

  1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
  2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

Where did this information come from?

As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

The costs on this chart seem large. How can families afford to pay it?

For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

  • College savings and investments
  • Payments from current income
  • Loans
  • Outside scholarships (check out the Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents to learn how your student can win scholarships)
  • Tax planning
  • Student work
Cost of South Dakota Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net prices is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus the average amount in government grants and institutional scholarships the school awards. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at University of South Dakota (2019-20)
Tuition and Fees $9,332
Room and Board $8,409
Books $1,200
Other Expenses $4,458
Total $23,399

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2019-20 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2022. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income SD Public $23,199 SD Private $39,073
$0 - $30k $14,816 $19,331
$30,001 – $48k $15,616 $18,887
$48,001 – $75k $18,630 $21,879
$75,001 – $110k $20,090 $23,100
$110,001+ $20,161 $23,331

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the South Dakota public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $4,000-$5,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in South Dakota. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public SD Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Black Hills State University

    Spearfish
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,009 $8,672
    Room and Board $7,142 $7,200
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,500 $4,500
    Total $21,851 $21,572
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,108 $13,928
    $30,001 - $48k $14,928 $14,737
    $48,001 - $75k $16,947 $16,731
    $75,001 - $110k $18,637 $18,399
    $110,001+ $19,151 $18,906
  • Dakota State University

    Madison
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,536 $9,536
    Room and Board $7,033 $7,148
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,805 $4,874
    Total $22,574 $22,758
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,329 $15,454
    $30,001 - $48k $16,720 $16,856
    $48,001 - $75k $18,429 $18,579
    $75,001 - $110k $20,740 $20,909
    $110,001+ $20,186 $20,351
  • Northern State University

    Aberdeen
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,750 $8,750
    Room and Board $8,925 $8,925
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,200 $4,200
    Total $23,075 $23,075
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,085 $13,085
    $30,001 - $48k $13,172 $13,172
    $48,001 - $75k $18,273 $18,273
    $75,001 - $110k $18,221 $18,221
    $110,001+ $19,301 $19,301
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

    Rapid City
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $10,770 $11,020
    Room and Board $8,770 $7,980
    Books $2,040 $2,050
    Other Expenses $4,400 $4,400
    Total $25,980 $25,450
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,705 $16,364
    $30,001 - $48k $16,736 $16,395
    $48,001 - $75k $19,754 $19,351
    $75,001 - $110k $21,542 $21,103
    $110,001+ $21,141 $20,710
  • South Dakota State University

    Brookings
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,114 $9,200
    Room and Board $8,105 $8,069
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,894 $4,007
    Total $22,313 $22,476
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,171 $14,275
    $30,001 - $48k $14,846 $14,954
    $48,001 - $75k $18,826 $18,964
    $75,001 - $110k $20,393 $20,542
    $110,001+ $20,110 $20,257
  • University of South Dakota

    Vermillion
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,332 $9,332
    Room and Board $8,409 $8,410
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,458 $4,560
    Total $23,399 $23,502
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,495 $15,563
    $30,001 - $48k $17,294 $17,370
    $48,001 - $75k $19,548 $19,634
    $75,001 - $110k $21,009 $21,101
    $110,001+ $21,079 $21,172

Private SD Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Augustana University

    Sioux Falls
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $33,960 $35,884
    Room and Board $8,378 $8,616
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,738 $6,300
    Total $48,076 $51,800
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,304 $20,799
    $30,001 - $48k $17,585 $18,947
    $48,001 - $75k $22,216 $23,937
    $75,001 - $110k $25,658 $27,645
    $110,001+ $26,997 $29,088
  • Dakota Wesleyan University

    Mitchell
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $28,750 $29,770
    Room and Board $7,300 $7,350
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,850 $1,850
    Total $38,900 $39,970
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,026 $20,577
    $30,001 - $48k $20,139 $20,693
    $48,001 - $75k $21,214 $21,798
    $75,001 - $110k $21,836 $22,437
    $110,001+ $20,795 $21,367
  • Mount Marty College

    Yankton
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $28,126 $29,136
    Room and Board $8,146 $8,346
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,426 $4,426
    Total $41,898 $43,108
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,273 $17,772
    $30,001 - $48k $15,884 $16,343
    $48,001 - $75k $18,487 $19,021
    $75,001 - $110k $21,944 $22,578
    $110,001+ $21,015 $21,622
  • Presentation College

    Aberdeen
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $21,375 $21,375
    Room and Board $9,837 $10,128
    Books $1,240 $1,278
    Other Expenses $2,900 $2,987
    Total $35,352 $35,768
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,609 $22,875
    $30,001 - $48k $22,544 $22,809
    $48,001 - $75k $26,486 $26,798
    $75,001 - $110k $24,336 $24,622
    $110,001+ $23,665 $23,943
  • University of Sioux Falls

    Sioux Falls
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $18,910 $19,520
    Room and Board $7,550 $7,770
    Books $950 $950
    Other Expenses $3,730 $3,790
    Total $31,140 $32,030
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,442 $17,941
    $30,001 - $48k $18,281 $18,803
    $48,001 - $75k $20,992 $21,592
    $75,001 - $110k $21,726 $22,347
    $110,001+ $24,181 $24,872
 

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