South Dakota offers in-state tuition to Iowans, reports positive results

Two years ago, four public universities in South Dakota began offering in-state tuition to Iowa undergraduate students. In October, state officials announced that the plan had begun to pay off.

According to the South Dakota Board of Regents, these four schools have attracted a total of 174 full-time equivalent students from Iowa since the reduced rates took effect. Each school has experienced a “tuition and fee revenue gain” as a result of the policy change, the Regents say. Iowa students previously paid tuition equivalent to 150 percent of the in-state rate. This year, some colleges in South Dakota began offering in-state tuition to Nebraska residents as well.

The National Center for Education Statistics regularly tracks the state-by-state migration of students. In 2016, most states in the Midwest had net positive migration — the number of people who came to the state for a postsecondary education outpaced the number of residents who left for schooling elsewhere. Iowa had the highest net gain among the Midwest’s states: 12,537. In contrast, Illinois (-16,628) and Minnesota (-4,608) had net losses. (These state figures include students coming to U.S. institutions from foreign countries.)
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