Tuition Rates Descriptions

The South Dakota Board of Regents offers reduced tuition programs and waivers for the benefit of specific groups of people. This information is provided to help you determine your eligibility to receive a reduction in tuition rates and to provide the steps necessary for you to claim your benefit.

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SD Non-Resident Tuition

Non-resident undergraduate students are eligible for the non-resident tuition rate. This rate is equal to 150% of the resident undergraduate rate.

South Dakota Advantage

Starting summer 2019, new incoming freshman and transfer students from Colorado, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming are eligible for South Dakota in-state tuition rates.

Minnesota Reciprocity

Residents of the state of Minnesota can apply for reciprocity status, which will qualify them for reduced non-resident tuition rates.

Child of Alumni (Hardrock Heritage)

The Child of Alumni Award is intended to attract additional highly qualified first time, full-time nonresident freshmen and transfer students to South Dakota who have at least one parent or legal guardian who earned a degree from South Dakota Mines. Qualifying students will receive tuition and fees at the in-state rate.  The application for admission includes screening questions for this special rate.  No separate application required.              

  • First time, full time freshmen and transfer undergraduate applicants
  • With at least one parent or legal guardian who earned a degree from South Dakota Mines
  • Who meets all admission criteria

Currently enrolled students are not eligible for this program, it is only available to new applicants.

Award Amount

Eligible applicants will be allowed to attend South Dakota Mines at the in-state tuition and fee rate (an award equivalent to the difference between in-state and out-of-state costs; approximately $4,000 per year).

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Cadets

South Dakota residents who are junior and senior students and who are contracted senior ROTC cadets shall be charged 50 percent of the undergraduate resident tuition rate established by the Board of Regents for not more than four semesters. In order to be eligible for the tuition reduction the ROTC cadet shall: 1) be a resident of the state of South Dakota; 2) meet all eligibility requirements for the senior reserve officer training corps, including final signing of the contract; 3) maintain satisfactory academic progress; 4) not be receiving Army or Air Force scholarships or be a member of the simultaneous membership program.

National Guard Tuition Assistance

National Guard members who qualify under SDCL 33-6-7 and who present a valid application for South Dakota National Guard Tuition Assistance, approved by their commanding officer, are entitled to a 50 percent reduction of tuition for undergraduate courses. Reduced tuition will only be granted when South Dakota Mines has been provided proper notification before the end of the tenth day of classes. Proper notification is defined as the appropriately completed application form for SD National Guard Tuition Assistance.

SD State Employee

Employees of the state who meet certain criteria may be eligible for a 50 percent reduced tuition rate for a maximum of six credit hours per semester. Employees should contact their Human Resource departments for further information.

SD Teacher Certification

Certain elementary and secondary school teachers and vocational instructors who qualify under SDCL 13-55-24 are entitled to a fifty percent tuition reduction for a maximum of six credit hours per academic year. 

Persons 65 Years of Age or Older

The tuition for resident students 65 years of age or older during the calendar year in which they are enrolled shall be 55% of the resident tuition, on a space available basis.

Self Support Courses

Self-support courses are defined as those courses in which the tuition alone financially supports the courses. This rate is comprised of the self-support tuition rate plus a surcharge equivalent to the resident tuition HEFF contribution, or twenty percent of the resident tuition rate for undergraduates and graduates respectively. Remedial courses are self-support courses numbered within the 001-099 range. The credits may not be used toward any baccalaureate or associate degree.

Graduate Students

Graduate students who hold a state contract for an assistantship (teaching or research) or fellowship may be entitled to special reduced tuition. The contract will specify any eligibility for reduced tuition. To be eligible for reduced tuition, a candidate must be under contract for $3,157.00 or more per semester (or the current posted minimum for summer term) and must be carrying a minimum of nine credit hours (six for summer term). Some out-of-department courses and courses below the 500 level may not apply toward the eligibility requirement for tuition reduction. Tuition reduction eligibility does not extend to other campus fees. Reduced tuition is not available for self-support courses during the academic year. The grant or other source of funds from which the student is being paid must cover the difference between full and reduced tuition.

If a graduate student receiving reduced tuition withdraws from one or more courses at any time during the semester causing their credit-hour load to fall below the minimum requirement for eligibility, then tuition will automatically be reassessed at the regular rate. The student is responsible for reimbursing South Dakota Mines for the difference between regular and reduced rates.

At any time after registration for a semester, a student who receives an award or appointment which satisfies the financial eligibility criterion for reduced tuition and who already meets the minimum credit-hour criterion for reduced tuition will be considered eligible for reduced tuition. Tuition will be reassessed and the difference between regular and reduced tuition will be credited to the student's account.