Children of South Dakota's alumni living outside South Dakota may be eligible for in-state tuition starting with the fall 2015 semester.

The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the “Children of Alumni” program for all of the state’s six public universities at its scheduled meeting in Vermillion.

Freshmen and transfer students who enroll in fall 2015 or after are eligible for the program. Freshmen must have an ACT composite score of 20 or higher (SAT of 930 or higher). Transfer students must have GPA of 2.5 or higher.

“South Dakota State University has more than 70,000 alums across the United States. This program will make it possible for children of alumni living out of state to benefit from an SDSU education as well,” said Doug Wermedal, State’s associate vice president for student affairs. “The university has served first-generation college students over the decades, and we look forward to working with their children to take advantage of this new opportunity and be part of the Jackrabbit family.”

Resident tuition can be retained for up to four academic years (eight semesters) for first-year students.