In–state Tuition Status and Residency Appeals

The Registrar’s Office applies the South Dakota Codified Laws (§ 13-53 et al.) and BOR Policy 3:2 to determine whether students are residents of South Dakota, and thereby qualified to receive in-state tuition rates. Only specific School of Mines employees are authorized to apply and interpret the South Dakota Codified Laws to determine a student’s residency status. Determining residency can be a complex process.  Here are just some (not all) of the key considerations in deciding if a student may qualify for in-state tuition in South Dakota:

  • What is the student’s primary purpose for being in South Dakota; (a person’s presence in the state predominately for educational purposes disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition rates)

  • Was residency in South Dakota established twelve months or more prior to the beginning of the semester for which in-state tuition is sought;

  • Is the student still dependent on their parent(s) or legal guardian(s); and

  • Evidence of residency, such as employment in South Dakota, filing of resident South Dakota income tax returns, and obtaining a South Dakota driver’s license and South Dakota vehicle and voting registration.

Each case has its own set of facts. There is no set checklist of items that will guarantee classification as a resident for tuition purposes.

Appeal Process

The Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions Office that admitted you to the University makes the initial determination of your residency status and your eligibility for in-state tuition rates. If you have questions regarding your initial tuition classification, you should contact the office that admitted you to the University.

According to the Board of Regents policy, students may request an appeal of their university’s initial determination of residency classification. The School of Mines Appeals process is below:

Appeal Level Process for new students Appeal Process for continuing students

1st Appeal: Request that the Registrar’s Office review the initial decision made by Admissions.


Form needed: Application for Resident Status 


Documentation needed: As required on the application and any evidence that the student wants to use to support a change in classification.


Deadline: Thirty (30) days after the start of the semester

1st Appeal: Request that the Registrar’s Office make a new determination of current residency status.


Form needed: Application for Resident Status 


Documentation needed: As required on the application and any evidence that the student wants to use to support a change in classification.


Deadline: Thirty (30) days after the start of the semester

2nd Appeal: Request a review of the determination by the Registrar’s Office.


Form needed: Appeal of Resident Status Determination 


Documentation Needed: Any documented evidence that the student wants to use to support a change in classification that was not used in the prior appeal.  


2nd Appeal: Request a review of the determination by the Registrar’s Office.


Form needed: Appeal of Resident Status Determination 


Documentation Needed: Any documented evidence that the student wants to use to support a change in classification that was not used in the prior appeal.  


Final Appeal: Request that the Board of Regents review the university’s decision.


Documentation Needed: Appeal of Resident Status Determination 


Final Appeal: Request that the Board of Regents review the university’s decision.


Documentation Needed: Appeal of Resident Status Determination 



You can submit your appeals with proper documentation to the Registrar's Office or email them to residencystatus@sdsmt.edu.

Please allow 15 business days to be issued a decision on your status at each appeal level.

For more information:

South Dakota Codified Laws
South Dakota Board of Regents Policy 3:2


Office of the Registrar

O'Harra Building, Room 201

Office Hours

Academic Year:
7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Summer:
7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Phone: (605) 394-2400
Fax: (605) 394-1268

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