The Legislature’s Executive Board members are mulling a new report that compares tuition and fees at South Dakota’s six state universities and four public technical institutes with those in neighboring states.
The analysis by the Legislative Research Council shows South Dakota was No. 2, behind only Minnesota, for tuition and fees at the state universities. South Dakota was No. 1 for tuition and fees at the public technical institutes at Watertown, Mitchell, Rapid City and Sioux Falls.
In this instance, being No. 1 or No. 2 isn’t good. It means your state is the most expensive or second-most expensive. This adds to the case that South Dakota might be pricing itself too high and that the Legislature hasn’t done enough for the state universities or the public tech schools.
Here’s the report.