May 28, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition and Fees - Undergraduate



Tuition and Fees

(BOR 5:5; AAC 3:1)

The following rates became effective May 2021 and are subject to change by Board of Regents action. For current information and further details visit: or

Tuition and Fees Resident Non-Resident*
Undergraduate on-campus per semester credit $260.55 $408.05
Graduate on-campus per semester credit $338.90 $680.25
General Activity Fee - per credit $ 49.60 $ 49.60
See text below for the description of discipline fees.

Resident Hall Rent - per semester Cost
Single Occupancy $2,371.00
Double/Triple Occupancy $1,984.00
Quad $2,220.00
Deluxe Quad $2,382.00

* For residency information, refer to BOR 3:2.

Graduate students who hold a state contract for an assistantship or fellowship may be entitled to special reduced tuition and should contact the Graduate Education Office at (605) 394-1206.


(BOR 5:5:4)

Application Fee

Non-refundable charge upon initial application for admission. $20 undergraduate and $35 graduate.

General Activity Fee

A fee is assessed for each state-funded course for activities such as student organizations, cultural events, homecoming, student government, student newspapers, wellness center, intramurals student health services, and the Surbeck Student Center operational and debt expenses. The allocation of general activity fees is recommended to the president by students on the General Activity Fee Committee, and the president is the approving authority on how these fees are spent.

Discipline Fees

The Discipline Fees are assessed by course prefix. They are used to support incremental costs of instructional equipment and other operating costs, including salary enhancement for the benefit of students enrolled in higher cost disciplines.

Credit by Examination Fee

This $90.75 fee is charged for each course in which a student seeks credit by examination.

International Student Fee

All international students enrolled on campus with an F-1 or J-1 visa shall be charged the International Student Fee each semester they are enrolled.  This includes degree-seeking students, English as a Second Language (ESL) students, and foreign students enrolled under a cooperative agreement with a foreign institution.

Vehicle Registration Fee

All motor vehicles parked on campus must be registered with the Campus Safety Office. Contact this office at (605) 394-2251 for options, amounts, and appropriate display of parking permit visit

Transcript Fee

A transcript of credits is an authentic copy of the student’s academic record. The charge for each transcript is $9.00. Transcripts may be purchased by creating an account here:

Residency Tuition Requirements

(BOR 3:2)

In order to establish residency for tuition purposes, a student must live in South Dakota for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first schedule day of classes of the semester.

Attendance at a college or university controlled by the Board of Regents (BHSU, DSU, NSU, SDSM&T, SDSU and USD) does not count in determining the 12-month period of residence.

A full description of qualifications is available in the Residency Application. To be considered for South Dakota residency status, please fill out the application completely and accurately. Send it, along with all required documents, to the Registar’s Office.

Payment Process

(BOR 5:5)

All tuition and fees are required to be paid in full or other financial arrangement made with the Cashier’s Office on the dates specified in the Academic Calendar . For the student’s convenience, electronic bill and payment services are provided. If no financial arrangement is made by these dates, a late charge will be assessed on the next day. Examples of other financial arrangements may include payment plans, deferments for financial aid, or third party payments. (For a deferment for financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office.)   Since summer semester add/drop periods vary, check with the Cashier’s Office for final financial arrangement dates for add/drop courses. If no financial arrangement is made, enrollments shall be cancelled.

Late Payment Charge

(BOR 5:5)

If tuition and fees are not paid before established due dates, late payment charges will be assessed. If financial obligations are not met when due, student may be administratively withdrawn for the university.


(BOR 5:21)

A student who is indebted to the university and does not satisfy financial obligations when due may be withdrawn after notice from the university and will not be permitted to register or receive a transcript of grades or a diploma until the indebtedness is paid. This applies to indebtedness for university tuition, room, board, fees, financial aid, and fines, but not to student organizations. If a student’s account is placed with a collection agency, the student will be responsible for all collection costs, attorney’s fees, and any other costs necessary for the collections of any unpaid balance.

Debit Card System

The South Dakota Mines Grubby Gold Card is a money management system activated through each student’s ID card. This account is similar to a checking account or a debit card. When you present your card to make a purchase at participating locations, on and off-campus, the amount will be immediately deducted from your account. Currently, Grubby Gold is accepted at select beverage and snack machines in Surbeck Center and in the dorms, at the bookstore, dining services, washers and dryers in the dorms, copy machines at Surbeck Center, and select vendors off campus.

To add money to your Grubby Gold account or check account balances and account history, just create a Grubby gold account online at


(BOR 5:7)

Withdrawal Refunds Information

Students who withdraw, drop out, or are expelled from School of Mines within the add/drop period (first 10 percent of term, commonly referred to as the census date) receive a 100 percent refund of tuition and course-related fees. Students who withdraw, drop out, or are expelled from the university after the add/drop period for the enrollment period for which they are assessed charges may be entitled to a refund of tuition, fees, and other institutional charges calculated through 60 percent of the enrollment period. The refund shall be determined by computing the percentage of an enrollment period remaining after the date of withdrawal times the tuition, fees, and other institutional charges originally assessed the student.

A student’s withdrawal date is:

  1. The effective date used for students withdrawing from the University is the date that the withdrawal process is initiated in the Office of the Registrar. This notice must be given through email at A withdrawal will not be finalized until a student has returned the completed form to the Office of the Registrar and it has been processed or the student drops all of their courses on Self-Service Banner. 
  2. In the instance the withdrawal request is not submitted as instructed above, the institution in its discretion will determine the effective date of the withdrawal
  3. Dates for withdrawing from the university will be proportionally adjusted for summer terms of instruction.
  4. Or, at South Dakota Mines’ option, the student’s last documented date of academically related activity.

Federal Financial Aid Recipients: The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions to use the Return of Title IV Funds policy for students withdrawing from school and who are receiving Federal Title IV student financial aid. Title IV funds refers to the federal financial aid programs authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) and includes the following Federal Student Aid programs: Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan, Parent PLUS Loan, Grad PLUS Loan, Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and any other Federal Aid program enacted by Congress. Students are advised to review the information located at:

See Policies and Definitions  page for further information regarding withdrawals.