BROOKINGS, S.D. – During today’s South Dakota Board of Regents meeting, Executive Director Nathan Lukkes premiered an exciting new benefit for state employees. Beginning with the upcoming 2024 spring semester, eligible state employees can take advantage of a 50% tuition reduction for online courses offered by South Dakota’s public universities. Thursday’s announcement was made in partnership with legislative majority leaders Senator Casey Crabtree and Representative Will Mortenson.
“This initiative shows our commitment to supporting the education and growth of public servants who contribute significantly to the success of our state,” said Lukkes. “By offering a tuition reduction, we aim to empower state employees to acquire new skills, enhance their career prospects, and improve their professional responsibilities.”
This January, eligible state employees will qualify for a 50% reduction in tuition for online courses offered by South Dakota’s public universities. The program allows participants to tailor their learning experience to their individual needs and career goals, making higher education more accessible for state employees and fostering a culture of continuous learning and professional development.
“This program supports the Board’s goal of creating a skilled, knowledgeable, and energetic workforce that can drive innovation and contribute to the overall development of our great state,” said BOR President Tim Rave. “We are excited to offer this opportunity and look forward to seeing its positive impact on our employees, universities, and state.”
Under this new discounted rate, students will be accepted as “last student in,” meaning their admission will be subject to course capacity. While this does not guarantee enrollment, it provides an opportunity for state employees without any additional expense to the state. Students utilizing this discounted rate will be granted admission if vacant spots are available, up to six credits a semester.