Dickinson State announces simplified tuition rates for fall 2020

Dickinson State announces simplified tuition rates for fall 2020

At its monthly meeting May 29, the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) approved Dickinson State University’s (DSU) request to adopt a simplified tuition rate structure for undergraduate credits.   

Early this year, the University’s administration began reviewing tuition rates and fees for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year to address concerns regarding the differential treatment of face-to-face and online classes and the complex nature of added fees based on course enrollment type.  

In an effort to simplify the existing tuition model and address these concerns, a committee was formed to explore and recommend a solution. The committee established that a two-rate (resident and non-resident), per-credit tuition model would best serve students.  

“The new model allows for residents of contiguous states and provinces to attend DSU at the same tuition rate as North Dakota residents. DSU serves North Dakota and the region, so this gives the University a strategic competitive advantage to attract nearby out-of-state students,” said DSU President Steve Easton. “Taking this action also enables us to simplify tuition for the students by allowing them to pay for the credits they take without encountering unanticipated fees for online or distance education courses.”  

In the new tuition model, DSU students will pay for their tuition per-credit, based on their residency. Tuition per credit will be the same whether courses are taken online or face-to-face and regardless of the number of credits taken. The former model was complicated by a credit cap as well as a complex fee structure associated with online courses. “This is an extremely positive move for the University,” said Easton. “We believe that our current and future students will embrace this simplified tuition structure.” 

“The new tuition model will allow professional advisors and faculty to more easily advise current and prospective students, creating a clear educational and financial plan to help them reach their academic goals,” said Marie Moe, Vice President for Student Affairs and University Relations. “We believe adopting this tuition model will make DSU an even more attractive option for students.”   

For more information on tuition rates and the cost to attend DSU, visit http://www.dickinsonstate.edu/tuition