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Online Colleges in South Dakota

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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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

1

Lake Area Technical Institute

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,056
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
10.51%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
School Type
2-year

About

Lake Area Technical Institute, founded in 1965, was the first technical school in South Dakota, and today 13 of its 29 programs are offered at least partly online. About 98 percent of its graduates are employed or pursuing higher degrees. The school's "E-Degrees" combine online and on-campus classes that deliver critical first-hand experience. E-Degrees are offered in Agri-Business; Commodity Merchandising; Computer Information Systems; Entrepreneurship; Dental Assisting; Financial Services; Marketing & Management; Emergency Medical Technician; Medical Laboratory Technician; Practical Nursing; Precision Machining; Ranch Management; and Robotics.

2

Southeast Technical Institute

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,280
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
35.96%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
11
School Type
2-year

About

Southeast offers a variety of online associate degree programs for busy students for whom family or work requirements prevent them from taking face-to-face classes. Associate programs are offered in Accounting; Administrative Assistant; Allied Health; Business Administration; Business Administration with a Human Resources Emphasis; Business Administration with a Management Emphasis; Computer Programming; Entrepreneurship; Financial Services; Insurance & Financial Services; Marketing; and Office Assistant.

3

Mitchell Technical Institute

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,880
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23.00%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
11
School Type
2-year

About

Mitchell offers six online associate degree programs, including Administrative Office Specialist; Advanced Medical Imaging; Medical Office Professional; Office Technology Specialist; Small Business Management; and Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.

4

Western Dakota Technical Institute

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,067
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
30.26%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7
School Type
2-year

About

Western Dakota offers Associate of Applied Science degree programs in Accounting; Bookkeeping; Business Management & Marketing; Entrepreneurship; Office Professional; Social Media Marketing; Computer-Aided Drafting; and Library Tech.

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in South Dakota

1

Oglala Lakota College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,684
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
6.52%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
School Type
4-year

About

Oglala Lakota College is a network of teaching sites on or near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Many programs combine face-to-face classes with online classes. Distance learning is not considered independent study, but requires daily homework assignments and may involve more time and energy than traditional face-to-face courses.

2

Northern State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,887
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
48.42%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
14
School Type
4-year

About

Northern boasts both online classes and fully online degree programs. It offers associate programs in General Studies; Gerontology; and Banking and Financial Services. Its bachelor programs include International Business Studies; Banking and Financial Services; Business Administration; Management; and Marketing. Its master's programs include two different tracks in Banking and Financial Services; Instructional Design; Training and Development in E-learning; Leadership and Administration; and Music Education.

3

Black Hills State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,004
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
39.45%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7
School Type
4-year

About

Black Hills' online degree programs claim outstanding quality and affordability. Online bachelor's degree programs are offered in Business Administration and General Studies. Master's programs are offered in Strategic Leadership; Curriculum & Instruction; Secondary Education; Sustainability; and Reading.

4

Dakota State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,974
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
57.30%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
25
School Type
4-year

About

Dakota State University offers 18 degree programs online from its University Center in Sioux Falls. All the programs follow the school's curriculum standards and use the Desire2Learn course management system. Associate degree programs are offered in General Studies; Business Management; Health Information Technology; Network and Security Administration; and Respiratory Care. The school's online bachelor's degree programs range from Business Technology; Information Systems; Cyber Operations; Health Information Administration; Professional and Technical Communications; and Respiratory Care. Graduate degree programs are available in Information Assurance and Computer Security; Information Systems; Business Administration; and a doctorate in Information Systems.

5

South Dakota State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,172
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
32.62%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
28
School Type
4-year

About

South Dakota State University offers a number of online degree programs with classes taught by the same professors who teach the face-to-face classes. There is an online associate program in General Studies, and bachelor's degrees can be earned in Interdisciplinary Studies; Sociology; Medical Laboratory Science; and Nursing, and others. Some of the school's online master's degree programs are in Chemistry; Educational Administration; Curriculum and Instruction; Dietetics; Family & Consumer Sciences Educational; Merchandising; Mass Communication; Nursing; Public Health; and Sociology.

School Interviews

Lindsey Hamlin
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.

Lindsey Hamlin

Director of Continuing & Distance Education

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, SD Metro Area

Total Population

242,731

Median salary for high school grads

$30,185

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$42,308

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

23.1%

Median rent

$724

Fun Facts

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

Total Population

140,860

Median salary for high school grads

$26,339

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$40,207

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

27.5%

Median rent

$775

Fun Facts

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.

 
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