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Graduate Catalog ARCHIVED 2018-2019 
Graduate Catalog ARCHIVED 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition, Fees, Other Costs

Tuition, Fees, Other Costs (2018-2019)


Graduate Resident Tuition - $319.40 per credit hour
Graduate Non-Resident Tuition - $596.30 per credit hour
MN Reciprocity Graduate - $451.40 per credit hour - (subject to change)

Institutional Fees - Resident - $39.70 per credit hour
Graduate Centers & Internet - $450.90

Externally Supported - $40.00

Other Fees (Where Appropriate) 

  Graduate Application Fee $35.00  
  International Student Fee $100.00  (per semester)
  Late Payment
$10.00-$100.00  (depending on balance due)
  Credit by Examination $90.75  (per course)
  Transcript $9.00  
  Discipline Fees -    
    Business Discipline (graduate) $51.40  (per course)
    CSC $45.30  (per course)
  Internet Delivery Fee -    
    Operations & Network/Security    
    (CSC courses and non-resident student) $106.50  (per credit hour)

Residence Hall*


Food Service

  Double Occupancy $1,861.65   Dakota 145 $1,574.65
  Single Occupancy $2,331.00   Dakota 225 $1,851.30
  Apartment (single) $2,545.00   Big Blue $1,935.00
  Apartment (double) $2252.35   Trojan Basic $1,366.35
  Courtyard (single) $2,432.80   Trojan Upper Class $1,002.80
  Courtyard (double) $1,963.45   Little BLue Univ. Apartments $   360.00
  Courtyard (suite single) $2,468.70      
  Courtyard (suite double) $2,188.70      

The above tuition and fees are established by the Board of Regents and may be changed at any time without prior notification. Registration is not complete until all tuition and fees are paid in full. All fees, payments, and fines (including parking fees and fines) must be satisfied before any student records will be released. For a full list of tuition and fees see the schedule on the Board of Regent’s website.

Special Tuition Rates

In addition to the reciprocity agreements, the South Dakota Board of Regents and the South Dakota State Legislature have allowed special tuition rates for persons 65 years of age or older, graduate assistants, Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets, military science courses, employee of the State of South Dakota, member of the SD National Guard, Veterans and others who performed war service, children and spouses of National Guardsmen disabled or deceased in line of duty, visually impaired person, children of residents who died during service in armed forces, dependents of prisoners or missing in action, certain elementary and secondary teachers and vocational instructors, survivors of certain fire fighters, certified law enforcement officers and emergency medical technicians, rehabilitation services’ clients, and non-resident South Dakota National Guard members. (See Tuition and Fees Policy 5.5.1)

Responsibility for Payment

Payment of tuition, fees, and other charges owed to Dakota State University is the responsibility of the student. If a student fails to pay an amount owed by the established due date, the University will assess a late payment fee at the rate approved by the Board of Regents. Further, all accounts that the university is unable to collect will be submitted for collection and forwarded to a credit reporting bureau. The university will recover from the debtor all collection fees and attorney’s fees that result from collection of an account.

A student who adds any class hours after the billing invoices are issued for the semester must pay for those class hours by the established payment deadline or within 5 working days of registering for the class(es), whichever is later. Billing invoices for fall semester will be issued in early August; billing invoices for spring semester will be issued in early December. The university will not send billing invoices for added class(es). It is the student’s responsibility to ascertain the amount due and remit it to the university. If a student does not meet the deadlines above, late payment penalties will be added. Failure to attend class will not cancel the student’s financial obligation to the university.

South Dakota Residency

To be classified as a South Dakota resident, a student must have been a resident of the state for at least 12 months immediately preceding the first scheduled day of classes of the semester or other session in which the individual registers in the Regents’ system. To change his/her state of residence to South Dakota for tuition purposes, a student must make application and be granted South Dakota residency by DSU Enrollment Services. The request to change residency status may be obtained from Enrollment Services at DSU. The request, along with all supporting documents, must be submitted to DSU Enrollment Services no later than the last day of late registration for the semester for which a student is applying for residency.

Physical presence in South Dakota for the predominant purpose of attending a university or other institution of higher learning does not count in determining the 12-month period of residence.


Each semester, DSU may offer a limited number of assistantships to qualified graduate students. Assistantships are, first and foremost, an educational tool that provides graduate students with the opportunity to apply some of the skills and knowledge they have acquired. Much like an apprentice, students undertake, under the supervision of experts, activities that complement their other educational experiences. Usually the work done for the university will relate to the degree being sought. Within this education purpose, assistantships are used to meet a variety of needs: as a source of financial aid to, to recruit highly qualified prospective students, and/or to provide much needed assistance for faculty and administrators.

Veterans Benefits

The Veteran Affairs Office has been established to provide information and assistance to students qualifying for Veterans Administration education benefits. Benefits provided by the VA include: monthly Education Assistance payments, tutorial assistance, educational loans, National Guard and Reservist Chapter Assistance and participation in the Veterans Education and Training Service Program. For more information visit the DSU Veteran Affairs Office homepage at: www.dsu.edu/registrar/veteran-affairs.aspx.