State employees interested in continuing their education will now be able to save some money by utilizing a tuition break that has been extended to include classes at the University Center – Rapid City.

The South Dakota Board of Regents recently approved a 50 percent tuition break to state employees who take college courses at one of three off-campus public university centers. The reduced tuition benefit was formerly available only to those state workers enrolled in courses delivered on campus at one of the six public universities.

Effective for the upcoming academic year which begins this summer, the tuition benefit will extend to state employees who take classes at UCRC as well as Capital University in Pierre and University Center – Sioux Falls. The benefit covers both undergraduate and graduate courses, up to a maximum of 6 credit hours per semester.

More than 5,000 state employees reside in three counties where off-campus university centers are located which represents about 41 percent of all state workers.

“We believe there is potential for growth in this market,” according to Jack Warner, executive director and CEO of the South Dakota Board of Regents. “It will be a very worthwhile educational benefit for individuals and to the state.”

The change equates to a tuition reduction of about $67 per undergraduate and $101 per graduate credit hour. Students are responsible for paying 100 percent of fees associated with a course.

The reduced tuition benefit is available to state employees who are South Dakota residents and who have been continuously employed by the state in a benefit-eligible position for a least one year. The benefit does not apply to online courses.