Gov. Dennis Daugaard highlighted the success of South Dakota’s dual credit program in his 2017 State of the State Address: “As I’ve said before, this dual credit program is a win-win-win. Students win because these are the cheapest college credits they will ever buy, and they get a head start on college or tech school. High schools win because they can expand their course offerings at no cost to the school district. Universities and technical institutes win, because they attract students who are better prepared when they come to campus.”
The dual credit program is an opportunity for eligible high school students to enroll in public postsecondary institutions in South Dakota and simultaneously earn credits for both their high school diploma and postsecondary degree or certificate. Through a program supported by the South Dakota Legislature, dual credit coursework is available to high school students in grades 11-12 at the rate of $48.33 per credit.