SD Students May Pay More For College
March 31, 2010, 4:57 PM
State budget cuts to higher education in South Dakota will likely translate into higher tuition costs for college students.
College students are just learning about the possible increases. While some say they're expected given the current economy, others are uneasy, knowing they may have to make some sacrifices to stay in school.
University Center student Trisha Herr just found out that she may be paying more for school in the near future.
"I'm very nervous about that,” Herr said. “I'm barely making it the way it is."
She's studying to be a physician's assistant and has two kids at home, so she doesn't have time for a job. It's a typical situation for students at University Center, and Herr says it'll be especially difficult for students here to absorb a tuition increase.
"I have less than a year left to my bachelor's degree, but then I have two years of grad school after. I'm just going to have to cut corners everywhere," Herr said.
Students at public universities pay $253 per credit, so being a full-time student costs at least $3,000 per semester. Tuition goes up a little bit every year, based on the rate of inflation, but the Board of Regents is considering an even higher increase.
Some say it's not totally unexpected.
"I don't think it'll affect the decision to go to school in South Dakota that much. People already expect higher education costs the way it is," University Center student Brandon Johnson said.
"At USD, we've had a couple professors jump to other jobs because they're afraid of getting cut, so we kind of saw it coming,” Jaime Spomer, also a student at U.C., said. “But it's disappointing because school's hard enough to get funding for as it is."
The Board of Regents will decide on a tuition increase in the next week or two.
© 2010 KELOLAND TV. All Rights Reserved.
8/25/2014 2:34 PM
The CEO of Sutton Bay Resort in central South Dakota died after rolling his 2014 Polaris Ranger late Sunday night.
8/27/2014 5:48 PM
Her boyfriend was killed during a botched robbery in December in northwest Sioux Falls. Faith Rasmussen and her mother, Theresa, have now pleaded guil...
8/27/2014 10:54 AM
Faith Rasmussen, 21, and her 55-year-old mother Theresa Rasmussen admit they were bringing marijuana from California to South Dakota and distributing ...
8/26/2014 11:31 AM
Authorities in northwest Iowa are investigating a serious crash involving a car and a school bus.
8/27/2014 10:05 PM
Sioux Falls Police have a man in custody after a driver attempted to elude authorities during a traffic stop.