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This section outlines policies and general information on tuition, fees and financial aid at South Dakota State University. The South Dakota State University Policy and Procedure Manual is the definitive source for the most current South Dakota State University policies. Policies duplicated on other websites or in print may not be the most current version. All policies documented on the site are official and supersede policies located elsewhere. South Dakota State University is governed by state and federal law, administrative regulations, and policies of the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) and the State of South Dakota.
Tuition, Living, & Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees
Tuition and fee rates are set according to the policies of the South Dakota Board of Regents and are subject to change without prior notice. For current information view the SDSU Financial Aid webpage or SDBOR Tuition and Fees webpage.
Residence Hall & Meal Plan Costs
SDSU offers many on-campus residential housing and meal plan options. For current information view the Residential Life Housing and Meal Plan Costs webpage.
Billing & Payment of Student Accounts
All tuition, fees, housing, food service and miscellaneous charges to student accounts will be on an electronic billing (eBilling) system and can be viewed on SDePay, a secured website via the Internet. Payment of the student account can also be made electronically (ePayment) through SDePay. Students can authorize parents, spouse and other individuals to view the eBill and make ePayment on their student account.
By the day after census date, each student makes a full payment of charges based on the number of registered credits, residency status, and campus housing. Late fees will be assessed starting on the day after the established payment due date. SDSU encourages students to make payments through SDePay electronic checks. Payment of tuition and fees can also be made by cash, check or electronic bank transfer directly to the University Cashier’s Office Morrill Hall 136, PO Box 2201, Brookings, SD 57007-2098.
Payment of tuition and fees using a debit or credit card can only be made through SDePay, electronic billing and payment system. American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards are accepted by SDePay. A 2.85% service fee is assessed by and payable to NelNet, host provider of SDePay. No service fee is charged for electronic check payments. Authorized payers may view and pay the students’ account by going to the South Dakota Public Universities Authorized Payer login at SDePay. Students may link to SDePay through their secure account on MyState.
If you are indebted to the University and do not satisfy financial obligations when due, you may be denied admission to the University. You may be administratively withdrawn from the University after notice from the University and you will not be permitted to register or receive a transcript of grades until the indebtedness is paid. This applies to your indebtedness to the University for tuition, fees, required deposits, room and board, and financial aid, but not obligations due to student organizations. All accounts that the University is unable to collect will be submitted for collection and forwarded to a credit reporting bureau. The debtor will be responsible for all collection fees and attorney’s fees that result from collection of an account.
Minnesota Reciprocity Agreement
Minnesota residents shall be charged the rate established in the tuition reciprocity agreement between the South Dakota Board of Regents and the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board. For further information on this program, contact Enrollment Services.
Special Tuition Rates
(SDBOR Policy 5.5.1)
In addition to the reciprocity agreements, the South Dakota Board of Regents and the South Dakota State Legislature have allowed special tuition rates for students enrolled in state support courses for children of alumni, students from the following states as part of the SD Advantage Tuition program: Colorado, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming, Illinois, and Wisconsin, persons 65 years of age or older, graduate fellows and assistants, Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets, military science courses, Western Regional Graduate Programs, employees of the State of South Dakota, members 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 persons, 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.
(SDBOR Policy 5:7)
SDSU processes student withdrawals in compliance with federal and Board of Regents policies. A petition process does exist for students or parents who feel that individual circumstances warrant exception from the published refund policy. Contact the Registrar, Enrollment Services Center, for information.
Tuition & Fees Refund Policy
The end of the drop/add period for standard (those that conform to the regular semester schedule) and non-standard courses offered in a semester is the date the first 10% of the term ends or the day following the first class meeting, whichever is later.
Refunds for Dropped Courses
A student receives a 100% refund of tuition and per-credit-hour fees for courses dropped within the drop/add period. No refund shall be provided for courses dropped after that time, except by administrative action. Any course meeting within a standard semester but for less time than the standard semester shall be treated as a non-standard semester course for refund purposes. Courses offered during summer school session are considered non-standard courses.
Students who withdraw, drop out, or are expelled within the drop/add period receive a 100% refund of tuition and per-credit-hour fees. Students who withdraw, drop out, or are expelled after the drop/add period for which they are assessed may be entitled to a pro-rated refund as set forth herein.
Refunds for Withdrawals
Students who withdraw from the University may be entitled to a refund of tuition and fees and institutional charges calculated through 60% of an enrollment period. The refund shall be determined by computing the percentage of an enrollment period remaining after the date of withdrawal multiplied times the tuition and fees originally assessed the student. At no time will refunds be awarded after the 60% point of the enrollment period.
If a student’s registration is cancelled, no tuition and fee payment is due. If payments have been made, a student is eligible for a full refund.
Extensions & Waivers
The University president, or a designee, may extend or waive the time periods in the following circumstances:
- the death of the student;
- the student’s disabling condition or severe illness;
- the death, disability, or severe illness of immediate family members causing severe financial hardship to the student; or
- other extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control.
Refunds for Residence Hall Fees
Students with a room contract who withdraw from the Regental system will receive a proportional refund at the time of withdrawal up to the 60% point after which no refund is available.
Refunds for Food Service Fees
Students with a food service contract who withdraw from the Regental system will receive a proportional refund of their food service plan and 100% of the unused flex dollars at the time of withdrawal up to the 60% point. After the 60% point no refund is available.
Refunds for First Day Access Charges
A student receives a full refund of First Day Access charges for courses dropped within the drop/add period. No refund will be provided for charges related to courses dropped after the drop/add period has ended. Access to the First Day content will be removed upon a student’s drop date or date of withdrawal.
Refunds for Parking Permits
A student holding a valid parking permit for fall and spring semesters may receive a refund after the completion of the fall semester provided the student withdraws from the university and returns the actual permit or terminates the virtual permit prior to the beginning of the second semester.
Military Service - Withdrawal without Penalty
Refund of Tuition & Fees
Students required to withdraw from the Regental system before completing a semester may receive credit or refund privileges if:
- they are regularly enrolled and belong to a military unit called for duty, or
- they are drafted and not eligible for deferment, and
- the discontinuance of class attendance is on the last practicable day before reporting for duty as determined by the student’s Home University.
Eligible students who receive credit, or an incomplete, in progress, or normal progress grade for any course for which they are enrolled shall not be entitled to any refund of tuition or fees paid.
Eligible students who do not receive an incomplete, in progress, or normal progress grade or credit for a course in which they are enrolled shall be entitled to a full refund of tuition and academic fees.
The following table determines the eligibility for a grade or refund.
Options for Final Grades & Refunds
||Weeks Remaining in Standard Semester
||More Than 4 Weeks
||Less Than 4 Weeks
||A or Refund
||B or Refund
||C or Refund
||S or Refund
|I, IP, NP
||I, IP, NP or Refund
|NOTE: Course Grade is as determined by the instructor, either the grade to date or the final grade earned to date.
Refunds for Room & Board
Refunds for room and board shall be pro-rata refunds for the entire semester. Board flex plans will be refunded at 100% of the unused value.
Refunds for Books
Refunds for books for military personnel called up for active duty is as follows:
- New books with no markings or writing – 100% of purchase price
- New books with highlighting or writing – 75% of purchase price
- Books purchased used – 100% of used price
Books must be returned within the semester. Normal campus refund policies apply to books that are not returned prior to the end of the semester.
Federal Financial Aid Recipients
U.S. Department of Education regulations define the process institutions must use to calculate financial aid that has been earned by students who withdraw and the financial aid that must be returned to the Federal Financial Aid Programs. When a SDSU student who is receiving Federal Title IV Financial Aid withdraws, the SDSU Financial Aid Office processes a Return of Title IV Funds Calculation for the student. Title IV Financial Aid includes Federal Direct Loans, Federal Pell Grants, Federal TEACH Grants, Iraq Afghanistan Service Grants, and Federal Supplemental Grants.
For purposes of the Return of Title IV Funds calculation, a student’s withdrawal date is the date the student began the withdrawal process by contacting the SDSU Registrar’s Office; or the midpoint of the period for a student who leaves during the term without notifying SDSU, or at SDSU’s option, the student’s last documented date of academically-related activity.
Students may also be considered to have withdrawn from the University if the student is attending modular classes (such as summer courses) that do not span the entire length of the term, and the student fails to complete all of the days the student is scheduled to attend. Exceptions are made for students who complete their programs of study during the term, complete at least half-time enrollment during the term, or complete modular courses spanning at least 49% of the term or semester. For additional information please refer to the Return of Title IV Funds Policy.
Return of Title IV Funds
When a student receiving Federal Title IV financial aid officially withdraws from SDSU during the enrollment period, the amount of the Title IV funds (excluding Federal Work Study earnings) the student earned during the enrollment period will be prorated as of the student’s withdrawal date. Students earn Title IV funds based on the percentage of days completed through the 60% point in the enrollment period. Once a student has completed more than 60% of the enrollment period, the student has earned 100% of Title IV funds.
If a student withdraws before completing 60% of the enrollment period, SDSU determines the portion of the aid disbursed that was earned by the student before the withdrawal date. The unearned Title IV funds are returned to the respective federal aid programs. Unearned aid is the amount of disbursed Title IV aid that exceeds the amount of Title IV aid earned.
For students who fail to officially withdraw when they stop attending classes and are assigned an “F” grade for all courses for the semester, the Return to Title IV Funds policy requires SDSU to calculate the earned financial aid amounts based on the 50% point of the semester. Unearned federal aid is returned to the respective federal aid programs. If the aid was disbursed after the 50% point of the semester, the student will be required to return 100% of those funds.
SDSU is required to provide information on the Return of Title IV Funds policy and procedure to students. This information is available at on SDSU’s website and from the SDSU Financial Aid Office. SDSU is also required to calculate the Return of Title IV Funds for federal financial aid recipients who withdraw from SDSU and to return any Title IV funds to the respective Title IV funds account. The student is responsible to repay any Title IV funds that the student was determined to be ineligible for via the Return to Title IV funds calculation.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
To receive Federal Title IV Financial Aid, students must meet the University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards. Generally, to meet the standards, students must
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better for undergraduate programs and of 3.0 or better for graduate programs
- Complete with a passing grade 67 percent of the credits attempted
- Complete the degree program with credits attempted that are not greater than 150 percent of the credits required for the degree program
Satisfactory academic progress is calculated annually at the end of the spring term for students enrolled in programs greater than one year in length. For students in programs that are one year or less in length, Satisfactory Academic Progress is calculated at the end of each term. Students who fail to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards will be suspended from receiving Federal Financial Aid.
Suspended students may appeal to continue receiving financial aid. Appeals must document the mitigating circumstances that prevented the student from being successful as well as the changes that have occurred that will allow the student be successful going forward. Appeals are reviewed by a committee. Students will be notified of the outcome of the appeal in their Jacks email account. It may take up to four weeks for appeals to be reviewed, and student bills cannot be deferred pending the outcome of the appeal. The appeal form can be found on the Financial Aid Forms page.
Please refer to the University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress policy to view the full policy.
The majority of SDSU students receive financial assistance to help pay their educational costs. Financial assistance includes both need-based financial aid such as Pell Grants, Subsidized Direct Loans, and Federal Work-Study and non-need-based aid such as merit scholarships and Unsubsidized Direct Loans. A student’s financial need is calculated by subtracting the student’s Expected Family Contribution (from FAFSA) from the student’s cost of attendance. The Financial Aid Office determines the student’s cost of attendance based estimated costs. Students may not receive financial assistance that exceeds their costs of attendance.
SDSU’s awarding methodology gives priority for Federal Supplemental Grant, Federal Work-Study, SD Freedom Scholarships, and SD Educational Access Foundation Grants to students completing the FAFSA before March 1. The Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Direct Loan programs do not have priority processing dates. Students must reapply for federal financial aid every academic year by completing the FAFSA. Please refer to the SDSU website for eligibility, aid programs, consumer information, policies, and other financial aid related information.
General Eligibility Requirements
To qualify for federal financial aid students must:
- Be enrolled as a regular student in a SDSU degree program
- Be enrolled at least half-time for all federal programs other than the Pell Grant program
- Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a refund to a federal student grant program
- Be registered with Selective Service if required by law
- Maintain Satisfactory Progress as described in the SDSU Satisfactory Progress Standards. Satisfactory Progress is the measurement of a student’s academic performance (credits completed, cumulative grade point average, and maximum credits attempted) toward the completion of the student’s degree program. Students not meeting Satisfactory Progress Standards will have their federal financial aid eligibility suspended and can appeal, as applicable.
- Submit a FAFSA for the award year and meet all Verification and other FAFSA requirements
- Meet all other federal and institutional requirements
SDSU participates in all of the Federal Title IV Financial Aid programs. Detailed information is available on the website. Students can access their financial aid awards on the Financial aid Self Service portal.
Grants are gift awards that generally do not have to be repaid. SDSU awards the following types of grants:
- Federal Pell Grants for undergraduate students with a qualifying Expected Family Contribution from the FAFSA and who have not received their first bachelor’s degrees and who have not met or exceeded the six years of full-time Pell Grant usage allowed by federal regulation.
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants for certain Pell-eligible students who meet the FAFSA priority due date and are awarded when funds are available.
- TEACH Grants are for students studying to teach in high-need fields and who agree to teach at a low-income school as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.
- South Dakota Educational Access Foundation Grants that are awarded to students with significant financial need who submit a FAFSA on or before the March 1 priority date including Pell-eligible students who do not receive a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and students with EFCs just outside of the Pell range.
- Iraq Afghanistan Service Grants to students who qualify based on the death of a parent due to U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan (eligibility is indicated on the FAFSA results).
Loans allow students to borrow money to pay for educational expenses. Loans must be repaid. SDSU students borrow the following types of student loans:
- Federal Direct Loans including need-based subsidized loans for eligible undergraduates and non-need-based-unsubsidized loans for undergraduates and graduate level students. First-time borrowers must complete a Master Promissory and Entrance Loan Counseling online. Interest rates are fixed, and repayment begins six months after the student graduates or drops below half-time enrollment.
- Federal Direct PLUS Loans for parents of dependent undergraduate students who complete the online application.
- Nursing Student Loans for undergraduate Nursing majors who demonstrate financial need and meet SDSU’s awarding guidelines. Interest rates are fixed at 5%, and repayment begins nine months after the student graduates or drops below half-time enrollment.
- Health Professions Student Loan for first- and second-year undergraduate Pharmacy majors who demonstrated financial need and meet SDSU’s awarding guidelines. Interest rates are fixed at 5%, and repayment begins twelve months after the student graduates or drops below half-time enrollment.
- Private and Alternative Loans that students obtain through a bank, credit union, or state agency. SDSU does not have a preferred lender list, and students may obtain a private education loan from any eligible lender. Visit SDSU’s Private Lender page and click on FastChoice for a list of lenders commonly used by SDSU students.
Student Employment & Work-Study Program
SDSU offers the following part-time work opportunities to help students pay educational costs:
- Federal Work-Study awards are based on financial need, available funds, and SDSU award policy. Students are responsible for finding a campus job or off-campus community service job that qualifies for Work-Study. Students receive funds through a monthly paycheck that is based on the hours worked at a qualifying job.
- Non-Work-Study campus jobs available through the Career and Academic Planning Services and South Dakota Job Service.
Like grant aid, most scholarships do not have to be repaid.
South Dakota residents who attend SDSU may qualify for the scholarships listed below.
- South Dakota Opportunity Scholarships for South Dakota residents who graduated from a South Dakota high school and meet the South Dakota Board of Regents requirements.
- Dakota Corps Scholarships for new high school graduates from South Dakota who will major in a degree that will prepare the student to work in a critical need occupation. This is a competitive scholarship. The application is available on the South Dakota Board of Regents’ website.
- South Dakota Freedom Scholarship for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree within five years and intend to live and work in South Dakota for at least three years after graduation. The South Dakota Freedom Scholarship is need-based and has limited funding. Student eligibility is determined based on a combination of FAFSA information, unmet financial need, and availability of funds. Students who receive the scholarship and do not complete their bachelor’s degree in five years or do not work in South Dakota for the three years following graduation will be required to repay the scholarship plus interest.
Through the Jackrabbit Guarantee Scholarship program, SDSU awards merit-based scholarships to incoming first-time first-year students who meet designated High School GPA and/or ACT or SAT benchmarks. As continuing students, Jackrabbit Guarantee recipients who meet annual eligibility requirements will continue to receive scholarships for up to four years. The minimum Jackrabbit Guarantee award for first-time first-year students who enroll summer or fall 2022 or spring 2023 is $1000. The SDSU academic scholarships used to fulfill the scholarship guarantee vary by name, and a student may receive more than one scholarship to fulfill the guarantee and different scholarships may be used to fulfill the guarantee in subsequent years.
Talent and participation scholarship awards are available through SDSU ROTC, Athletics, School of Performing Arts, and other on-campus entities.
SDSU scholarship may be cancelled if the student withdraws from the University before completing the term.
Please contact the SDSU Financial Aid Office, Box 511A, Enrollment Services Center, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone 605-688-4695, or e-mail for specific applications, forms, and information. Additional information can be accessed on the SDSU website.