Legislative Priorities

Academic Affordability remains top priority

Ensuring that higher education remains affordable continues to be the primary focus for the South Dakota Board of Regents (BOR) and its institutions for the 2024 Legislative Session. During the July meeting, the board discussed their budget priorities for the 2025 fiscal year; a tuition freeze for South Dakota students tops the list again this year. As a result of the legislature and governor’s efforts over the past two years, BOR secured general fund increases for FY23 and FY24. This funding allowed a freeze on tuition and fees while granting BOR employees competitive salary increases. Each university entirely financed the initial freeze on tuition in FY22. These actions help South Dakota’s public universities attract and retain not only students but also faculty and staff, who are essential to the success of our universities.

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In The News

South Dakota Ranked Most Affordable Place to Get a College Degree | South Dakota’s hold on public university tuition rates over the last three years coupled with modest housing prices and low unemployment have earned it the distinction of being the most affordable place in the country to go to college.

That’s according to a new report from Forbes Magazine, which analyzed data from all 50 states to assess where college graduates get the most bang for their buck.

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SOUTH DAKOTA CENTER FOR QUANTUM INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

The Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology (C-QIST), proposal provides start-up funds for a research and education collaborative in quantum information science and technology. The C-QIST will be a virtual center supporting activities that take advantage of and share the individual strengths of each participating university.

Read the South Dakota News Watch Article to learn more.

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