PARENTS and FAMILIES
Welcome to Our Mines Family
There's a world of information connected to your student's college experience. To help you navigate that world, we've created the Parents-Family webpage for parents, guardians, and other family members.
Questions? We're here to help!
Also check our
Guidebook for Parents
, developed by the Registrar's Office, which will answer many parent questions.
Parents/Family of New Students
Each year, we host special events for parents/family of new students. Join us August 18-19 to stay informed and have some fun!
Join our Parents/Family Mailing List
. . . and let us do the work of keeping you informed. You'll receive a brief monthly
Mines Family Matters email, to update you on what's going on here at SD Mines, and other correspondence will periodically be sent as well.
To plan for future travel and holidays, check the SD Mines
Academic Calendar with key dates for this year and coming years. Visit our
Events Calendar to find out all that's going on at the School of Mines.
Guidebook for Parents
Compact, but comprehensive, the
Guidebook for Parents is updated each year to supply the information parents need most. Includes a handy list of contact information at the end. View it
download the .pdf.
In an Emergency . . .
In a campus emergency, information is posted on our website and every webpage links to our
Emergency webpage for updates and instructions. Students are notified by phone and/or emial through our
Campus Alert so make sure your student has signed up for this.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Financial Aid department offers resources for students and parents including a
Financial Aid A-Z Index for details on specific topics. Scholarship information: SD Mines is unusual among universities in the way
scholarships for incoming freshman students are handled. Learn more at our
Scholarships webpage and check out a list of "hand-picked" (i.e vetted) scholarships (
STEM Scholarship list): opportunities for math and science students.
Payment Due Dates/Payment Plan Options*
All account balances are due in full, or payment arrangements (Payment Plans or Financial Aid Deferments) made, by the final due date listed for each term. Payment Plans are provided by an external vendor (
NelNet). Please review their
open enrollment dates and Payment Plan options early to avoid missing out on the Plan you want.
In order for SD Mines to discuss a student’s account or grades with anyone other than that student, a Consent FERPA must be signed by the student each Academic year, in the presence of
authorized school personnel in either the Cashier’s Office or the office of Registrar and Academic Services (RAS).
*For questions about the Consent FERPA, Payment Due Dates
or Payment Plan Options, please contact the Student Accounts/Cashiering
Office at (605)394-2372, email: Cashier@sdsmt.edu
Student Health and Help
Visit our student
Health and Safety webpage for links relating to the health and well-being of your student while attending the School of Mines. Information includes
immunization requirements, as well as
The SD Mines counselors are here to help students develop more personal awareness and to learn the skills they need to be successful. We offer support and assistance with a variety of personal, academic, and relationship concerns. Our approach is collaborative, goal-oriented, and
multicultural-sensitive. Find out more at the
Counseling section of our website.
NEW: Mines parents are also eligible to receive Student Health 101, an online resource to help you understand the decisions and experiences your student faces each day.
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Academic Assistance and Enhancement
Mines students tackle complex subject matter and may at times have rigorous schedules. If your student is concerned they might be falling behind or struggling with a difficult course or concept, encourage them to look into
free tutoring resources here on campus. Their academic department may have resources as well. We encourage every student to consider a period of
study abroad, one of the most enriching experiences a student can have.
Accountability - Consumer Information
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires that student consumer information be made available to prospective students and families. Links to this information are conveniently gathered for you by the Registrar's Office on their
Consumer Information (Accountability) webpage and include:
- General Institutional Information
- Student Financial Assistance
- Health and Safety Information
- Student Outcomes information (in accordance with the Student Right-To-Know Act)
Stay in Touch with All Things "Mines"
It's easy to stay in touch with the latest news from Mines. Read our monthly
Legacy News, look for our twice yearly
Hardrock Magazine, and check out our
SDSM&T Foundation Update newsletter.
Or stay connected through social media:
Make a gift to the Mines Parent Fund
The Mines Parents Fund provides support to students in need due to a financial crisis, and does so through the Student Emergency Needs Fund. Occasionally a student faces a financial hardship due to an extenuating personal crisis. Donations are made through the School of Mines Foundation.
Some situations where the Mines Fund has helped:
- Parent passed away unexpectedly — lack of funds to attend out-of-state funeral
- Commuting student’s car broke down—lack of funds for repairs
- Uninsured student encountered outstanding medical bills due to a major and unexpected illness
- Home destroyed in fire—no place to live