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For Immediate Release: March 19, 2008
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

State Board of Education approves tuition increase for technical institutes

Tuition at the state’s four technical institutes will increase $4 per credit for the 2008-09 school year. The South Dakota Board of Education voted to approve the increase from $74 to $78 per credit at a meeting Monday.

In requesting the move, the technical institute presidents cited increased expenses and inflation as the reason for the increase.

Mitchell Technical Institute President Chris Paustian told board members that the four institutes settled on the $4 increase after much deliberation and discussion. According to Paustian, the tuition rate at South Dakota’s technical institutes compares favorably with those of neighboring states. Paustian noted that the tuition rate at Minnesota’s two-year institutions is $141 per credit hour, North Dakota’s is $106, and Nebraska’s is $62.

Board of Education President Kelly Duncan called the technical institutes a great resource for the state. “Students at our technical institutes get a great bang for their buck,” she said.

South Dakota’s four technical institutes provide a range of programs designed to meet the workforce needs of South Dakota and the nation. The state’s technical institutes are located in Mitchell, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Watertown.