BHSU TUITION AND FEES

Here we will help to answer some of your questions regarding your financial liability while attending Black Hills State University. It includes when and how payments are made, the cost of tuition and fees per credit hour, and the cost of on-campus housing and meal plans. All rates are subject to change.

See further down to view detailed tuition rates.

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees 18-19

South Dakota Residents

Tuition and Fees

$8,733

Books and Supplies

$1,200

Room

$3,530

Meal plan

$3,448

Estimated Total Yearly Cost  

$16,911


Wyoming, Colorado, Montana Residents (In-state Tuition) 

Tuition and Fees

$8,733

Books and Supplies

$1,200

Room

$3,530

Meal plan

$3,448

Estimated Total Yearly Cost  

$16,911


Non-Resident

Tuition and Fees

$11,778

Books and Supplies


$1,200

Room

$3,530

Meal Plan

$3,448

Estimated Total Yearly Cost  

$19,956


Minnesota Reciprocity

Tuition and Fees

$9,382

Books and Supplies

$1,200

Room

$3,530

Meal Plan

$3,448

Estimated Total Yearly Cost  

$17,560

Already added to tuition costs above for those that have GAF required fees. $36.90/cr hr

The general activity fee supports student functions related to the co-curricular and extracurricular activities and operations and payment of debt incurred for the construction, maintenance, repair and equipping of student unions, athletic facilities and wellness facilities as approved by the Board. Examples of activities funded by GAF are student organizations, cultural events, homecoming, student government, yearbooks, student newspapers, campus radio and television stations, child care, student activities, athletics, intramurals, student health services, and the operational and debt expenses for student unions. It is assessed on all state-support courses delivered on campus.

Undergraduate Application fee - $20.00
Transcripts - $9.00 each
Exam for credit per course - $90.75
Proficiency exam re-test - $18.00
COMPASS Re-test - $18.00
International student fee - $100 per semester
Soph/Junior field experience per semester - $170.00
Senior field experience per semester - $340.00
Parking permit for the year (main campus) - $92
.00
Parking permit for the year (BHSU-RC) - $33
.00

A resident student is a person who has continuously resided in South Dakota for at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the first scheduled day of classes of the semester or other session in which the individual registers.

The rate listed includes the General Activity Fee listed below in the Graduate Fees Per Credit Hour category.

There is a 55% reduction in tuition for the cost of tuition to students 65 years of age or older, during the calendar year in which he or she is enrolled, on a space-available basis. There is no reduction in fees.

The rate listed includes the General Activity Fee listed below in the Graduate Fees Per Credit Hour category.

Employees of the state of South Dakota who meet certain specific criteria will be eligible for a reduced tuition rate of one-half the resident tuition rate for a maximum of six semester hours each semester. Employees should contact their supervisors for further information.

The rate listed includes the General Activity Fee listed below in the Graduate Fees Per Credit Hour category.

Certain elementary and secondary school teachers and vocational instructors may pursue any undergraduate or graduate course upon payment of 50% of tuition and 100% of required fees.

The rate listed includes the General Activity Fee listed below in the Undergraduate Fees Per Credit Hour category.

Eligibility is limited to teachers and vocational instructors who: 

  • are bona fide residents of South Dakota; 
  • are employed by an accredited school as a teacher as defined in Title 13; 
  • are required by state law, administrative rules or an employment contract to attend college as a condition of employment or to maintain a certificate to teach; 
  • are certified as eligible for this program by which they are employed ; 
  • and maintain an average academic grade of 3.0 or better.

Graduate assistants are assessed 53% the resident graduate tuition rate after meeting the requirements established in BOR Policy April 2016. The 53% of resident tuition will be for state support courses and self-support courses; non-residents will be assessed 63% of the resident graduate rate.

The rate listed includes the General Activity Fee listed below in the Graduate Fees Per Credit Hour category.

A non-resident is a person who has NOT continuously resided in South Dakota for at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the first scheduled day of class of the semester or other session in which the individual registers.

The rate listed includes the General Activity Fee listed below in the Undergraduate Fees Per Credit Hour category.

Minnesota residents shall be charged the rate established in the tuition reciprocity agreement between the South Dakota Board of Regents and the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board. This tuition rate is set annually in the summer. The rate noted will be recalculated for the fall/spring terms during the summer term each year.

The rate listed includes the University Support and General Activity Fees listed below in the Undergraduate Fees Per Credit Hour category.

The general activity fee supports student functions related to the co-curricular and extracurricular activities and operations and payment of debt incurred for the construction, maintenance, repair and equipping of student unions, athletic facilities and wellness facilities as approved by the Board. Examples of activities funded by GAF are student organizations, cultural events, homecoming, student government, yearbooks, student newspapers, campus radio and television stations, child care, student activities, athletics, intramurals, student health services, and the operational and debt expenses for student unions. It is assessed on all state-support courses delivered on campus and has been added to rate listed in tuition costs.

  • Graduate Application fee - $35.00
  • Transcripts - $9.00 each
  • International student fee - $100 per semester 
  • Master's level internship - $170.00
  • Parking permit for the year (main campus) - $92.00
  • Parking permit for the year (BHSU-RC) - $33.00

A resident student is a person who has continuously resided in South Dakota for at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the first scheduled day of classes of the semester or other session in which the individual registers.

The rate listed includes the General Activity Fee listed below in the Undergraduate Fees Per Credit Hour category.

There is a 55% reduction in tuition of the cost of tuition to students 65 years of age or older, during the calendar year in which he or she is enrolled, on a space-available basis. There is no reduction in fees.

The rate listed includes the General Activity Fee listed below in the Undergraduate Fees Per Credit Hour category.

Employees of the state of South Dakota who meet certain specific criteria will be eligible for a reduced tuition rate of one-half the resident tuition rate for a maximum of six semester hours each semester. Employees should contact their supervisors for further information.

The rate listed includes the General Activity Fee listed below in the Undergraduate Fees Per Credit Hour category.

Certain elementary and secondary school teachers and vocational instructors may pursue any undergraduate or graduate course upon payment of 50% of tuition and 100% of required fees.

The rate listed includes the General Activity Fee listed below in the Undergraduate Fees Per Credit Hour category.

Eligibility is limited to teachers and vocational instructors who: 

  • are bona fide residents of South Dakota; 
  • are employed by an accredited school as a teacher as defined in Title 13; 
  • are required by state law, administrative rules or an employment contract to attend college as a condition of employment or to maintain a certificate to teach; 
  • are certified as eligible for this program by which they are employed ; 
  • and maintain an average academic grade of 3.0 or better.

Resident of Wyoming beginning Summer 2013 who is a new or transfer student. 

Resident of Colorado or Montana beginning Summer 2018 who is a new or transfer student.

The rate listed includes the General Activity Fee listed below in the Undergraduate Fees Per Credit Hour category.

Beginning Summer 2015 a new or transfer student who is a child of an alumni of BHSU. The rate listed includes the General Activity Fee listed below in the Undergraduate Fees Per Credit Hour category. Must have a composite 20 ACT and to maintain the tuition and fee rate, must complete 30 BHSU credit hours each year with a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

A non-resident is a person who has NOT continuously resided in South Dakota for at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the first scheduled day of class of the semester or other session in which the individual registers.

The rate listed includes the General Activity Fee listed below in the Undergraduate Fees Per Credit Hour category.

Minnesota residents shall be charged the rate established in the tuition reciprocity agreement between the South Dakota Board of Regents and the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board. This tuition rate is set annually in the summer. The rate noted will be recalculated for the fall/spring terms during the summer term each year.

The rate listed includes the University Support and General Activity Fees listed below in the Undergraduate Fees Per Credit Hour category.

Offered to qualified public high school students participating in dual credit courses taken in person or at the University Centers

Externally supported is a special rate designed for a specific program, usually a week or so in length, orchestrated between the University and a third party (like CAMSE or a School District).