$15,000 Degree from BHSU

Thanks to an innovative course-taking plan known as the Early Jacket program that maximizes savings through Dual Credit classes and bundles scholarships for high achieving students, it’s possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree for under $15,500.

To qualify, students must:

Earn your degree from BHSU-RC for about $15,000.

Year 1: Junior in high school
28 credit hours (9 Fall, 9 Spring, 10 Summer) at Dual Credit rate
Cost - $1,353

Year 2: Senior in high school
19 credit hours (10 Fall, 9 Spring) at Dual Credit rate
Cost - $918

Year 3: First year at BHSU-RC
40 credit hours (9 summer, 15 Fall, 16 Spring); Qualify for Early Jacket, Buzz Bonus and South Dakota Opportunity Scholarships
Cost - $7,600

Year 4: Second year at BHSU-RC
33 credit hours (8 summer, 12 Fall, 13 Spring); Maintain eligibility for Early Jacket, Buzz Bonus and South Dakota Opportunity Scholarships
Cost - $5,255

Total Cost - $15,126


Compare to: Bachelor's Degree - All courses take at BHSU-RC

15 credits per semester for 4 years

No Dual credit, no scholarships

Total Cost: $40,002


Following the Early Jacket plan creates a significant value but also requires precise planning while still in high school. It will take exceptional dedication by students to ensure all scholarship requirements are met (and maintained).

Ask your school counselor or BHSU-RC admissions representative for details.



The following variable costs are not included: housing, meals, textbooks, program fees. The cost of tuition is subject to change.
The Dual Credit rate is only available to South Dakota high school students. Scholarship requirements must be met and maintained. Actual cost may be lower if additional scholarships and grants are earned.

Year 1: Junior in high school
28 credit hours (9 Fall, 9 Spring, 10 Summer) at Dual Credit rate
Cost - $1353

Year 2: Senior in high school
19 credit hours (10 Fall, 9 Spring) at Dual Credit rate
Cost - $918

Year 3: First year at BHSU
40 credit hours (9 summer, 15 Fall, 16 Spring); Qualify for Early Jacket, Buzz Bonus and South Dakota Opportunity Scholarships
Cost - $5,668

Year 4: Second year at BHSU
33 credit hours (8 summer, 12 Fall, 13 Spring); Maintain eligibility for Early Jacket, Buzz Bonus and South Dakota Opportunity Scholarships
Cost - $3,661

Total Cost - $11,600


Compare to Bachelor's Degree - All courses taken on campus

15 credit per semester for 4 years

No Dual Credit and no scholarships

Total Cost - $32,016


Following Early Jacket plan creates a significant value but also requires precise planning. It will take exceptional dedication by students to ensure all scholarship requirements are met and maintained.

Ask your school counselor or BHSU admissions representative for details.



The following variable costs are not included: housing, meals, textbooks, program fees. The cost of tuition is subject to change.
The Dual Credit rate is only available to South Dakota high school students. Scholarship requirements must be met and maintained. Actual costs may be lower if additional scholarships and grants are earned.