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March 25, 2004
Contact: Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394-6082
Tech Offers ‘Children of Alumni’ Tuition Break
South Dakota Tech, an engineering and science university in Rapid City, S.D., is offering a
special tuition rate for children of Tech graduates who live outside South Dakota.
The “Children of Alumni” rate, approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents, will be
assessed at 150 percent of resident tuition rate. Currently, undergraduate students who pay the
full non-resident tuition are charged 318 percent more than residents. With the new rate,
children of alumni will pay approximately $5,659 per year in tuition and fees, based on 30 credit
hours. That cost, in many cases, will be less than students would pay at universities in their
“We’re excited about the return of this policy,” Tech President Dr. Charles Ruch said. “South
Dakota Tech has strong ties to its alumni who live all across the country, and we’re happy to
make it easier for the children of those alumni to attend South Dakota Tech.”
Tech offers 16 bachelor’s degrees in engineering, science and interdisciplinary studies. Tech’s
2002-2003 graduates were offered annual starting salaries that averaged more than $47,000.
More than 92 percent of those graduates are working in their fields or are pursuing graduate or
“South Dakota Tech has a long, long history of helping students achieve their dreams,” Ruch
said. “This new tuition rate will allow alumni families to create a tradition of their own, a tradition
of attending South Dakota Tech.”
All of South Dakota Tech’s undergraduate programs emphasize advanced science and math,
and all combine classroom instruction with hands-on laboratory work. In addition, 75 percent of
Tech graduates have relevant work experience through co-ops and internships to make sure
students have the skills they need when they graduate.
“Alumni of South Dakota universities share a proud connection to their alma maters,” Tim
Vottero, director of South Dakota Tech’s Alumni Association, said. “The Children of Alumni
tuition program offers a wonderful way for Tech alumni to realize that connection with another
generation that has roots to South Dakota.”
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