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SD governor proposes university tuition freeze

PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposed state budget would freeze tuition next year for resident students at South Dakota's six state universities.

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Daugaard told state lawmakers Tuesday that he wants to provide the universities with about $4 million to freeze tuition for the 2014-2015 school year at current levels. He also recommends giving the state's four technical institutes about $916,000 to hold down tuition in those schools.

The tuition freeze would apply to South Dakota residents who attend classes on campuses.

House Republican Leader David Lust of Rapid City says the tuition freeze is critical because South Dakota needs to provide affordable education to develop the state's workforce.

Daugaard also is proposing to provide money to admit more students to the medical school at the University of South Dakota.