Minnesota/South Dakota Reciprocity Agreement

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Awarded By

Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Award Amount

This award provides reduced out-of-state tuition options at an eligible South Dakota public college or university. A student attending South Dakota State University, the University of South Dakota, or another South Dakota public four-year school pays the same tuition and fees as if he/she were attending a similar Minnesota school. A student attending a South Dakota technical school in Watertown, Mitchell, Sioux Falls, or Rapid City pays the South Dakota resident tuition and fee rate (students should contact the school directly for residency and tuition rates). A student attending a professional program at the University of South Dakota pays no more than 150 percent of the South Dakota resident tuition and fee rate. Reciprocity benefits will be automatically renewed each year as long as the student continues to attend an eligible school and earned credits in the previous 12 months from the same school.


The number of awards offered varies annually. In 2013, there were 3,180 Minnesota residents enrolled in South Dakota institutions under this program.

Additional Information

Minnesota has agreements with neighboring states to provide lower tuition for Minnesota residents to attend public colleges and universities in those states. This is called reciprocity. Typically, non-resident admission fees and tuition are reduced (or eliminated) under a reciprocity agreement. If the student is a Minnesota resident, he/she is eligible for reciprocity if he/she attends any South Dakota public college or university. If the student is a South Dakota resident, he/she is eligible if he/she attends any Minnesota public college or university.

Deadline Info

Applications are available from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (MOHE) website. Students may use online or paper applications. Please note: Undocumented students must use the paper applicatio ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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