13-53B-1 Agreement covering public higher education institutions authorized--Text.
Agreement covering public higher education institutions authorized--Text.
Board of Regents may execute a tuition reciprocity agreement on behalf of the State of South Dakota
with the state of Minnesota or its authorized representative in substantially the form that follows:
ARTICLE I. PURPOSE
The purpose of the Minnesota-South Dakota Public Higher Education Reciprocity Agreement
shall be to provide greater higher educational opportunities and services to the citizens of the states
of Minnesota and South Dakota through the provision of access to the public higher education
institutions of each state to students of the neighboring state on an equivalent basis as students from
the state in which the institution is located and with the specific aims of enhancing accessibility to
programs, expanding the range of programs available, and promoting the greater economy of state
ARTICLE II. DEFINITIONS
As used in this Agreement:
"Academic year" means that period of time commencing with the institution's fall quarter or
semester and terminating with the subsequent summer sessions.
"Participant" means a person who has been accepted and enrolled at an eligible institution under
the provisions set forth in this Agreement.
"Participating states" means those states which are party to this Agreement, i.e., Minnesota and
"Tuition Differential Factor" means that number calculated annually which is the result of
averaging the average weighted difference between the resident and nonresident tuition for all
programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels at all eligible institutions in the
ARTICLE III. ENTRY INTO FORCE, MODIFICATION, TERMINATION
A. This Agreement shall become effective at the commencement of the academic year next
succeeding its approval by the appropriate authorities in the participating states and shall continue
from year to year unless terminated as hereafter provided.
B. Modification of this Agreement may be proposed at any time and shall become effective upon
mutual agreement of both parties and approval by the appropriate state authorities.
C. Either party hereto may terminate this Agreement at any time; provided, however, that such
termination shall only work to preclude any further admissions under the terms hereof but shall not
prejudice the rights of participants to complete the academic program in which they are enrolled at
the date of termination.
ARTICLE IV. ELIGIBLE INSTITUTIONS AND PROGRAMS
The terms and conditions of this Agreement shall, to the extent provided, govern matriculation
at all institutions under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Board of Regents, the University of
Minnesota Board of Regents, the Minnesota State University Board, and the Minnesota State Board
for Community Colleges, and shall extend to all programs, whether on an undergraduate, graduate,
or professional level, except for those programs for which either state has contracted for a guaranteed
number of spaces in the other state. It is the intent of this Agreement that there shall be no limitation
on the number of students who may participate from either state, except to the extent of program
restrictions and the availability of space in the particular program which the student seeks to enter.
Participation in the eligible law and medicine programs under the terms of this Agreement shall
be restricted to 5 percent of the spaces available in the first year of each such program; provided,
however, that the foregoing limitation shall not preclude participation by students enrolled in such
programs beyond the freshman year as of the effective date of this Agreement. Participation in the
veterinary medicine program under the terms of this Agreement includes the reservation of at least
five positions in each entering class, provided, however, that the foregoing limitation does not
preclude participation by students enrolled in such program beyond the freshman year as of the
effective date of this change to the original Agreement.
ARTICLE V. ELIGIBLE PERSONS AND CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION
A. All persons who qualify as residents of Minnesota or South Dakota for purposes of public
higher education under the laws or rules of the state in which they claim to reside, shall be eligible
to apply for admission and attend any of the eligible institutions or programs on the same basis as
any resident of the state in which the institution or program is located. It is specifically understood
and agreed that all participants under this program shall be treated on an equal basis with state
residents, such equality of treatment particularly including, but in no case limited to, admissions and
B. Any resident of a state who otherwise attends an eligible institution in the other state, under
conditions which obviate the necessity of paying nonresident charges, shall not be an eligible
participant under this program.
C. Participants under the program established by this Agreement shall be required to satisfy those
admission and performance requirements and comply with all policies, rules and regulations of the
institution in which they are matriculated unless herein otherwise provided.
D. All forms of financial aid provided by any eligible institution shall be available to a
participant under the program established by this Agreement, except those aid programs totally
supported by state funds or private funds, for which eligibility is legally restricted, and provided the
participant otherwise qualifies for the aid.
ARTICLE VI. ADMINISTRATION
A. The South Dakota Board of Regents and the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board
(MHECB) shall be responsible for the administration of this Agreement and pursuant thereto may
adopt rules and procedures and may enter into cooperative agreements.
B. Each board shall determine the eligibility of applicants to become participants based on their
state's residency policies. Where a participant's residency status originates in one state and is later
terminated but may prospectively be established in the other state, then the participant shall, for the
purposes of this Agreement, be treated as a resident of the originating state for one year or until
residency is subsequently established in a participating state, whichever shall occur first.
C. Each state shall cooperatively audit the eligible institutions at least annually with the objective
of verifying the enrollment and continued attendance of participants.
D. The applicant procedure, determination of eligibility and effective reciprocity tuition
schedules shall be specified in the annual administrative memorandum prepared by the administering
E. Neither state agency will be financially liable for students enrolled under the reciprocity
agreement who have not received prior approval and certification by the responsible agency.
ARTICLE VII. REIMBURSEMENT
A. Annually, each state shall determine the number of participants and the total credit hours for
which nonresident tuition has been remitted under this Agreement and shall certify to the other state
the results. Certification shall be submitted by the first day of December and shall encompass the
previous academic year.
B. The state with the greater total credit hours of participation shall reimburse the other in an
amount which shall be determined by multiplying the difference between the states' total credit hours
of participation by the Tuition Differential Factor for the year in question.
C. Any payment required under this Agreement shall be to the State of South Dakota tuition and
fees fund or the state of Minnesota.
ARTICLE VIII. CONSTRUCTION AND SEVERABILITY
This agreement is entered into by the South Dakota Board of Regents pursuant to the authority
granted in SDCL 13-53-6.2 and by the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board pursuant
to the authority granted in Minn. Stats. Ch. 136A.08 and shall therefore be liberally construed in
accordance with the intent and to accomplish the purposes of those provisions. If any phrase, clause,
sentence or provision of this Agreement or any modification hereof or supplement hereto be
determined to be contrary to or inconsistent with the authority above cited or the constitution of
either state, or the applicability thereof to any agency, person or circumstance is held invalid, the
validity of the remainder of this Agreement or of any modification or supplement or its applicability
to any agency, person or circumstance shall not thereby be rendered ineffective.
Source: SL 1978, ch 127; SL 1984, ch 133.