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Student Center 213

1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


Phone: 1-800-678-5330



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Tuition rates and fees are approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents and may be revised during the year. NSU requires full payment (tuition/fees/room/board) at the start of each semester, the day after census date.
University Support Fee: per credit hour for all classes taught on campus
  • South Dakota, Minnesota and N.D. residents - freshmen and first-time transfers:
  • Non-residents:
The university support fee (USF) supports the instructional and administrative service areas related to the institutional mission. Examples of areas funded by USF are direct instruction, libraries, computer centers, admissions, registration, financial aid, administrative offices, general institutional expenses, and the payment of debt incurred for the construction, maintenance, repair, and equipping of campus buildings. Also used to augment faculty salaries to be comparable with like positions in the region.
General Activity Fee: per credit hour for all classes taught on campus
The general activity fee (GAF) supports student functions related to the co-curricular activities and other student life services of the institution. Examples of activities funded by GAF are student organizations, cultural events, homecoming, student government, yearbooks, student newspapers, student activities, administration and operational expenses for student unions, athletics and intramurals.
Application Fee: Undergraduate
Application Fee: Graduate
The application for admission must be accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee.
International Student Fee: Covers expenses associated with correspondence and reviewing, processing and updating the necessary information and paperwork associated with international students. Fee is per semester.
Credit by Exam: per course
      • each additional transcript, per request
Testing Fees: COMPASS, Proficiency, Technology Re-Test (per test)
Lab Course Fee
Designed to provide laboratory and disposable supplies used in science labs and for the direct support of academic computing and the computer infrastructure in the computer labs, and art supplies for designated classes.
Business Special Discipline Fee: fee per credit hour for all business classes (Undergraduate)
Special Discipline Fees shall be used to purchase instructional equipment and pay other operating costs for the benefit of students enrolled in the discipline.
Music Special Discipline Fee: fee per credit hour for all music classes (Undergraduate)
Professional Education Majors Fee
      • Sophomore/Junior Field Experience: per semester
      • Senior Field Experience: per semester
      • Master's Level Internship: one time
Automobile Registration: per year
      • Spring semester only
Teacher Placement: each credential re-activation