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- Black Hills State University, http://www.bhsu.edu/Academics/OnlineDistanceLearning/tabid/109/Default.aspx
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- College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?
- Dakota State University, http://www.dsu.edu
- Dakota Wesleyan University, http://www.dwu.edu
- Lake Area Technical Institute, http://lakeareatech.edu/edegree/index.html
- Mitchell Technical Institute, https://www.mitchelltech.edu/programs
- National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension, http://www.national.edu/locations/south-dakota/ellsworth-afb
- Northern State University, http://www.northern.edu/Online/Pages/programs.aspx
- Oglala Lakota College, http://www.olc.edu/academics/virtualcampus.htm
- Presentation College, http://www.presentation.edu/pc-virtual/online-programs/
- South Dakota State University, http://www.sdstate.edu/cee/distance/
- Southeast Technical Institute, http://www.southeasttech.edu/futurestudents/flexibledegreeoptions/onlineaccounting/
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- University of South Dakota, http://www.usd.edu/continuing-and-distance-education/off-campus-and-distance-programs.cfm
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Many of the new jobs coming to the state of South Dakota require college degrees. As a result, schools in the state are looking for ways to make it easier for people to get a college degree while continuing to balance family and work responsibilities. Read the data we've gathered below to learn more about online colleges in South Dakota, including a list of 15 online schools ranked by affordability.
There are 25 public and private colleges and universities in South Dakota, including two- and four-year schools, and many of them offer fully online degree programs, online classes or hybrid classes that combine online work with face-to-face instruction.
Affordable Online Colleges in South Dakota
The following list presents several of the schools in South Dakota where you can attain online degrees at low tuition costs. These selections were made based on a number of factors that are important to prospective students such as the actual degree programs that are taught online, and information on tuition fees and accreditation. Tuition figures are sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and reflect in-state tuition (when in-state tuition is available) for all students, including online students.
Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in South Dakota
Lake Area Technical Institute
Southeast Technical Institute
Mitchell Technical Institute
Western Dakota Technical Institute
Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in South Dakota
Oglala Lakota College
Northern State University
Black Hills State University
Dakota State University
South Dakota State University
Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at SDSU?
SDSU offers a variety of programs online — from certificates to Master degree programs. We offer six undergraduate degrees — these programs are aimed to assist students meet their academic goals and advance their careers. SDSU also offers 12 master degree programs in a variety of fields, from education, family financial planning to mass communication and community development. Finally, SDSU offers eight certificate programs (2 undergraduate, 6 graduate) that will help you boost your expertise. SDSU is part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA), a partnership of 20 public universities that collaboratively provide access to high-quality educational opportunities. Courses are taught by qualified instructors and in many cases by the same faculty who teach on campus.
Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?
There are a number of items students should consider as they are looking to enroll in an online degree program. Students need to look at universities and compare the pros and cons of each as well as the online offerings available. Students should check the university’s accreditation; this can be very important if a student decides to further their education beyond their current goals and in the job market. Students should also consider if online education is part of the mission of the university and the university’s standards of quality and rigor, support services, and cost. Students need to be prepared to begin an online program as well, and understand that learning in the online program differs from the classroom; online learning is more self-directed and requires self-motivation. Students must possess skills in time management and planning, establish appropriate study space and ensure they have the necessary technology and know-how, and a support system in place. As with face-to-face instruction, online learning can be just as rewarding.
Q. How do you think online learning will change in the coming years?
SDSU has established a rigorous goal for online degree program through our most recent strategic plan, Impact 2018. We anticipate having 40 fully online degree programs by 2018. As higher education continues to evolve, online education is going to continue to be a critical component. More and more high school students have the ability to enroll in online courses, and they come to college campuses expecting to take at least some courses online. We will continue to see demand from adult learners who are place bound and online programs provide them the means to continue or return to higher education in a convenient and efficient manner. As technology continues to change, faculty will have tools at their fingertips to engage students in the virtual classroom and provide for a rich and rewarding educational experience.
Financial Aid in South Dakota
South Dakota Loans
South Dakota does not currently offer students any state-based loans. However, if you find that you are in need of financial assistance, you should fill out the FAFSA and supply information about your family's financial situation in order to qualify for federal grants, loans and other programs. It's also wise to explore any and all scholarship and grant opportunities for which you are eligible, since those do not have to be repaid. Lastly, private student loans are available to help cover any leftover costs.
Learn more about student loans in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.
Additional Resources for Financial Aid in South Dakota
- Paying for College is a resource for South Dakota students to learn more about the financial aid process, the cost of college based on their program of study, and the money that is available to fund their education.
Featured Cities In South Dakota
Data sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).
Sioux Falls calls itself the Heart of America, and its location along the eastern border does put it smack dab in the middle of America's prairie lands. Falls Park, the Great Plains Zoo and the St. Joseph Cathedral are all popular attractions for this mid-sized city.
Rapid City, SD Metro Area
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Median salary with a bachelor's degree
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Nestled up to the east slope of the famous Black Hills of South Dakota, Rapid City is a popular area for outdoor pursuits. The historic town of Deadwood is nearby, and so is the famous Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the Badlands National Park.