Students in South Dakota will now be able to attend some Nebraska colleges more cheaply than staying in-state.
The Nebraska College System Board of Trustees has added South Dakota residents to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact tuition rate of 150% of the resident tuition rate.
Wayne State College President Curt Frye says with the campus location so close to the South Dakota border, he sees it as offering students more choices.
“We’re not trying to rob students from South Dakota or deny them an opportunity to go to the university system,” Fry says. “We may have some programs that are unique that students are interested in and certainly we want to offer them the opportunity.”
The move brings the cost of attending Wayne State below that of the University of South Dakota and slightly more than South Dakota State University.
Frye says students with good grades can also get a tuition break at Wayne State.
“If a student has a 3.2 or better GPA or more than a 25 on the ACT, they get in-state tuition,” Frye says. “That was already available to students in South Dakota.”
Frye says Wayne State’s graduates are in demand.
“We have a very strong teacher education program and our kids are getting jobs,” Frye says. “We had a placement rate last year of students either working or enrolled in advanced work at a pace of 98% and the year before that it was 100%.”
Frye says they will welcome about 700 freshmen to campus next week and he expects total enrollment of about 35-hundred.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton