There's a world of information connected to your student's college experience. To help you navigate that world, we've created the Mines Family website for parents, guardians, and other family members.
Questions? We're here to help!
Contact Dr. Pat Mahon, Dean of Students/VP of Student Development,
or Coral Selken, Adm. Asst., 605-394-2416 or SDSMTfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Also check our Guidebook for Parents, which will answer many parent questions.
Parents/Family of New Students
Each year, we host special events for parents/family of new students. Don't miss:
New Parent Orientation and Family Weekend for Fall Semester, 2014.
Information for New Students - from Dr. Mahon
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 SDSM&T, and other correspondence will periodically be sent as well.
Sign Up for our Parent/Family Mailing List
As a new academic year begins, there are orientation activities for new students and their parents. Our Admissions Office offers comprehensive checklists to help accepted students know what to do next and we'll make sure New Parent Orientation information is posted here on this page. To plan for future travel and holidays, check the SDSM&T Academic Calendar with key dates for this year and coming years. Visit our Events Calendar to find out all that's going on at SDSM&T. Find Graduation Information here,
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 online or 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
Our Financial Aid department offers resources for students and parents including a Financial Aid A-Z Index for details on specific topics. Scholarship information: SDSM&T 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 SDSM&T 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 SDSM&T. Information includes clinic services, immunization requirements, as well as counseling and disability services.
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 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.
Make a Gift to the Mines Parent Fund through the SDSM&T 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