Jun 15, 2024  
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Tuition and Financial Assistance

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Tuition changes annually. For current tuition and fees consult the following website:
http://www.usd.edu/gradsch/gradTut.cfm or contact the Business Office at (605) 677-5613 or on campus in 207 Slagle Hall.

Financial Aid


The Student Financial Aid Office (http://www.usd.edu/finaid/) assists students who lack financial resources to support their education. Students may apply for Title IV financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA, http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/).  The FAFSA must be completed every year the student wishes to receive federal assistance and is available after January 1st. To be eligible for a financial aid award in any term (Fall, Spring, or Summer semester), graduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of five credit hours (considered half time). Students with Special Student - Graduate Status are not eligible for financial aid. There are a limited number of scholarships available in various departments. Contact the appropriate department for further information.

Graduate Assistantships


Graduate assistantships are available to graduate students on campus. Not only do graduate assistants learn valuable skills that may pertain to their discipline of study, they receive a tuition discount as well. Students on assistantships pay tuition at one-third the resident rate (this does not include applicable fees) for on campus courses and a reduced tuition rate for online (self-support) courses in addition to receiving a monthly stipend for their assigned work. The amount of the stipend varies depending on the department.

Application forms are available at http://www.usd.edu/graduate-school/graduate-assistantships.cfm. The completed application should be submitted to The Graduate School. The Graduate School will review all applications and submit the applicants who meet requirements for a graduate assistantship to the requested department(s). The department will contact the applicant for an interview.

Students holding graduate assistantships must enroll for at least nine (9) credit hours for each semester during the academic year, and at least one (1) credit hour during the summer term. Graduate assistants may not register for more than twelve (12) semester hours or less than nine (9) hours per semester, without permission of the Graduate Dean. Graduate teaching assistants may be permitted a minimum of six (6) credit hours per semester with the approval of the Graduate Dean. A graduate student in the final semester of enrollment may enroll in a reduced credit hour load, no less than six (6) credit hours, with the approval of the Graduate Dean.

If a graduate assistant resigns from his/her assigned position before the last day to drop a course with a W in a given term, the assistantship will be terminated and the tuition charges re-billed for the semester at the non-reduced tuition rate. If a graduate assistant falls below the required number of credit hours for the semester, a meeting with the Dean of The Graduate School will be required to apply an assistantship to the next semester.

Scholarships Available

Students who are interested in scholarships should contact the program in which they enroll.