Tuition reduction plan endorsed

Tuition reduction plan endorsed First-time freshmen and new transfers from Iowa and Nebraska who choose to attend The University of South Dakota will get a tuition break as a result of a proposal endorsed last week by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

USD officials are excited about this development which offers area non-resident students a reduction in the cost of their higher education. "This effort will encourage students from Iowa and Nebraska to give greater consideration to USD, a school many students from that area have chosen in the past," said USD President James W. Abbott.

"When making the decision where to attend, students factor in the institution's location, academic offerings, institutional reputation, cost and opportunities for hands-on experiences," he said. "As a result of this tuition reduction, we believe more and more Iowa and Nebraska students will make USD their college choice."

According to USD Admissions Director Paula Tacke, USD is taking steps to make students and parents aware of the tuition-break program. USD has hired a recruiter to work exclusively during the next four months in northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska.

"We encourage any prospective student or new transfer or their parents to call us immediately at 1-877-COYOTES," Tacke said. "This is a great opportunity to again make USD the place for area students to gain a unique higher education experience."

The South Dakota Board of Regents has endorsed an adjacent state plan that would set the tuition rate for Iowa and Nebraska students at about 2.4 times the resident rate. It is limited to first-time freshmen and new transfers.

Already, South Dakota and Minnesota currently have an agreement permitting students from Minnesota who attend South Dakota schools to pay a rate approximately 11 percent higher than resident students pay. Students from Iowa and Nebraska now pay the full nonresident rate or approximately 3.2 times the resident tuition rate.

Students from North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Minnesota attend public universities in South Dakota at a cost less than full nonresident tuition as a result of agreements between the states.

The Board of Regents will take a final vote on the measure after the Legislature sets the higher education budget in March.

"This is an exciting development for our neighbors in Iowa and Nebraska," Abbott said. "Students from those states have come to The University of South Dakota throughout the institution's history and this tuition break will again provide them with an exceptional South Dakota higher educational opportunity."

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