Dennis Daugaard

Regents to seek millions of dollars for need-based aid

The state Board of Regents will ask policymakers to put millions of dollars into a new need-based scholarship program meant to keep higher education affordable for South Dakota students, a top official said Monday.

South Dakota has "very little" need-based financial aid available to students, particularly compared to surrounding states, said Mike Rush, the board's executive director and CEO. He said the regents are seeking $3.5 million for the next state budget year for the new program, Dakota's Promise, which is a top priority for the board.

"The primary aim is to ensure that every student has the opportunity and the means to get a post-secondary education in...