South Dakota is making it harder for folks to get a college education. At their meeting in Brookings this week, the Board of Regents will hear a report comparing our state university tuition and fee increases with the increases in surrounding states. The report checks finalized or estimated tuition and fee increases at public universities in our six neighboring states and Idaho. Across campuses, the average increase is highest in South Dakota:
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You'll still find an undergraduate education in South Dakota costs less than what residents pay in Minnesota, Iowa, or at UNL in Lincoln. But University of Wyoming (remember, the only state university in that whole state) keeps its resident student costs below those of all of South Dakota's campuses except for Northern State. University of Idaho and University of Montana both charge just a touch less than University of South Dakota.
So are we happy with seeing the highest tuition increases in the region, or are we ready to tell our legislators to reverse the trend of shifting the cost of higher education from the state to students?