Paying For School

Financing Your Future

You must be accepted to Southeast Tech before you can receive financial aid or scholarships.

Top 50 Best Value Community College 2016 AwardThere are four basic methods of financing your education; grants usually don't require repayment, loans which require repayment, Federal Work Study or employment on campus or scholarships. All require you to submit applications.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
  2. Obtain acceptance from Southeast Tech.
Don't Bury Yourself in Debt!

Experts suggest capping total student debt below the first year’s expected salary. For example, if you expect to earn $35,000 upon graduation, your total student debt shouldn’t exceed $35,000. At Southeast Tech, every degree can be completed for under $30,000 and many for considerably less. With the lowest tuition rate for miles and the ability to earn a degree in 24 months or less, Southeast Tech is an excellent choice! 

Southeast Tech was ranked by Value Colleges at number 21 in their 2016 ranking of the Top 50 Best Value Community Colleges!

Visit the Value Colleges site here to learn more.

South Dakota Wages by Educational Level Requirements*
2014 South Dakota Wages by Educational Level Requirements*
Less than high school $21,927 $10.54
High school diploma or equivalent $33,769 $16.23
Some postsecondary education (no degree) $36,063 $17.34
Associate degree $62,485 $30.04
Bachelor's degree $57,769 $27.77
Master's degree $55,195 $26.54
Doctoral or professional degree $98,542 $47.38
Total, all occupations of all education levels $35,032 $16.84


Note: Data is preliminary and subject to revision. The wage and earnings data above indicates the average wages ofoccupationswith each respective level of education and should not be used as average wages for South Dakotans with the level of education indicated; statistically, the two measure quite different things. To calculate the average wages above, the starting point was determine the level of education typically hired for entry (defined below) for each occupation included in the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey used to collect wage data. Of the 840 occupations included in the OES survey, South Dakota is able to publish wage data for about 650. (See ourOccupational Wages - Technical NotesWeb page for more information about the OES survey.) The average wage data for each occupation was then weighted by the employment level in that occupation, then grouped by educational level, summed and averaged, arriving at average wage data for all occupations with the same level of education typically required for entry. In summary, for example, the average annual wage of occupations which typically require an associate degree for entry is $62,485; but that is not the same as saying all South Dakotans with an associate degree earn$62,485per year on average.

Source: South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, Labor Market Information Center, September 2014 using May 2013 wage data aged through second quarter 2014.

Click here for more information from the South Dakota Department of Labor.