Why This Matters


    College Navigator shows that South Dakota has seven educational institutions that offer associate degree programs.


    On average, South Dakota residents paid $7,091 for in-district tuition and fees at public community colleges for the 2020-21 school year, according to College Board.


    At two-year educational institutions in the U.S. for the 2018-19 school year, 437,899 enrolled students received financial aid in some form to help pay for their education.

Our Research

To create a comprehensive list of the learning opportunities and job training available in South Dakota, we reviewed private and public community colleges as well as trade, technical, and vocational programs. We compared the tuition costs, number of credits required to graduate, and options for course delivery format (online or in-person only).

Our list only includes accredited institutions to ensure our recommendations meet high academic standards. The South Dakota community colleges on this list are all accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditor serving 19 states.

  • 38hours to write this article
  • 11universities and colleges we assessed
  • 21education programs we compared

The Top 50 Community Colleges in South Dakota

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What You Should Know About Graduating From Community College in South Dakota

Choosing your career path at a community college impacts your job outlook and career potential. Based on 2020 wage data, the top five highest-paying careers with an associate degree requirement in South Dakota were funeral home managers, air traffic controllers, radiation therapists, dental hygienists, and electrical and electronic engineering technologists and technicians.

The number of available jobs is also an important factor to consider. In South Dakota, the top five careers requiring an associate degree with the most job openings are preschool teachers (except special education), computer network support specialists, paralegals and legal assistants, radiologic technologists, and agricultural and food science technicians.

Not all jobs for people with associate degrees are increasing in South Dakota. The careers that are predicted to have the greatest decline are air traffic controllers, broadcast technicians, human resources assistants (except payroll and timekeeping), and radiation therapists.

What’s Next?

Below is a list of state and federal resources that can help you find financial aid opportunities that are available to students earning an associate degree in South Dakota.

  • South Dakota Board of Regents. Visit the South Dakota Board of Regents for information on tuition, including reduced tuition for qualified students. You can also find information on scholarships and other state financial aid options.
  • Federal Student Aid. More than $120 billion in loan, work-study, and grant money is distributed by the office of Federal Student Aid every year. Visit FAFSA4caster to check your eligibility, and fill out the online FAFSA form when you’re ready to apply for federal financial aid.
  • CareerOneStop. For information on scholarships, grants, loans, and other financial aid options, visit CareerOneStop. You can filter options based on the type of degree and location.