The David C. Briegel Building

Information for Parents


Welcome, Parents!

Whether you are the parent of a prospective student or current student, we hope to provide the answers you need right here. Below you'll find a quick overview of the information most relevant to you, as well as contact information for various departments or links to learn more. If you need additional assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out...we'd be happy to help!

Call: (269) 782-1499
Text: (269) 301-6359
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.



How to Apply
SMC’s admissions process is easy, fast and free. Visit for the steps to becoming an SMC student.

Requirements and Deadlines
SMC has a rolling admissions process and an open admissions policy. This means that there are no GPA or test score requirements, and that students can apply at any time. However, we recommend applying as early as possible to give your student ample time to complete the other items in the admissions process and for a better chance at scholarships. Also, the last day new students may register for classes is typically the week before the semester starts, so your student will need to apply plenty of time before that date.

(269) 782-1499


Tuition at SMC is a fraction of the cost of most schools. Click here to see cost information.

Scholarships and financial aid make our already-low tuition even more affordable. 85% of first-time, full-time students at SMC receive financial aid, and the average first-time, full-time student receives $4,940 in grants and scholarships.

Financial aid comes in a number of forms:

SMC Scholarships
All students are automatically considered for academic merit-based scholarships when they apply for admission. A number of other scholarships are also available. Browse them all and apply at

Federal and State Aid
To receive this type of aid, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at using the previous year’s taxes (so for 2018-19 aid, use 2016 taxes), making sure to use SMC’s federal school code, 002317.

Outside Scholarships
SMC accepts scholarships from outside sources. Some possible private scholarships are listed here, but you may also search the web for other scholarships.

Private Loans
SMC also accepts loans from private sources, like Sallie Mae or your bank. Learn more about private loans here.

Click here for more financial aid and scholarship information.

Payment Information
Bills are generally due about one month before classes begin. You may pay in full or enroll in a payment plan to make smaller payments throughout the semester. Click here to learn more about payment plans.

Parents and relatives can make payments for their student online after the student assigns them as an authorized user in the Bill and Payment Center. To do this, have your student log in to SMC Wired and click Bill and Payment Center from the My Courses tab, then the Bill and Payment Center button. In the Bill and Payment Center, select Authorized Users from the menu on the right, then Add Authorized User.

Business Office (for billing and payment questions):
(269) 782-1298

Financial Aid (for help with financial aid):
(269) 783-2143


SMC’s on-campus housing features apartment-style suites with four private bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and two bathrooms in each suite. For more about housing, including FAQs, visit

How to Apply
Apply for housing here. A non-refundable $75 fee is required to submit the application. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is typically a wait list. Room assignments will be made beginning on June 1.

(269) 783-2159


All students are required to meet with an advisor (in-person or over the phone) to register for their first semester of classes. In their first year, students can get assistance from the Office of First Year Experience (Dowagiac Campus) or the Student Service Center (Niles Campus). Second-year and beyond students should see the Academic Advising and Resource Center for advising.

Advising is drop-in only; no appointments are accepted.


Getting students engaged with campus and with each other is a priority. We offer many opportunities to get involved through student events and clubs.

All incoming students are expected to attend New Student Orientation, which allows them to get acclimated to campus, learn about campus resources and meet other students.

Housing students have additional opportunities to meet people who share their interests through Welcome Week events and other activities organized by their housing manager or resident assistant throughout the semester.

Learn more about campus life here.


Safety is a top priority at SMC. We have day and night on-campus security, a highly qualified security team and strong relationships with local police departments. The campus is also secured with video cameras, electronic door locks and specialized lighting. Students who live in housing have secured keycard entry into parking lots, buildings, suites and their private rooms.

Students and staff receive emergency-preparedness training throughout the year, and the college uses the RAVE notification system to alert students to emergencies and campus closings.

The National Weather Service has certified both campuses of SMC as StormReady due to our outstanding weather monitoring and reporting systems.

Students may anonymously report concerning behaviors and incidents using the Cause for Concern system.

Learn more about campus security at


Due to federal FERPA regulations, we are unable to divulge any information about your student, including their academic performance or bill, unless they give written permission by filling out the FERPA. The FERPA waiver is available in the Student Service Center.


SMC employs many student workers year-round. Click here to browse student job openings.


First Year Experience
The Office of First Year Experience guides new students through their first year at SMC by providing advising, resources for success and engagement activities, including New Student Orientation and Welcome Week, to help ease the transition to our college community.

Academic Advising and Resource Center (AARC)
The Academic Advising and Resource Center (AARC) provides a multitude of services including academic advising and registration, international student advising, veterans advising, Disability Services, major/career exploration, transfer planning, assisting students with degree audits and graduation planning. Learn more here.

Disability Services
Students who have a documented disability may benefit from services such as testing accommodations, adaptive equipment and assistive technology. Read more at

Transfer Advising
Students can access transfer school materials, work on their applications, meet with SMC and transfer school advisors and plan their transfer in the Transfer Resource Services. Learn more at

Fred L. Mathews Library and The Carole A. Tate Teaching and Learning Center
The Fred L. Mathews Library is a one-stop site for students' learning needs, offering a full library with study spaces and a variety of titles for checkout as well as access to printers and computers.

Located in the library is the Learning Center, which offers free tutoring and writing assistance for a variety of subjects. Students may also learn test-taking and study skills, receive resume assistance and get other helpful tips to help them succeed at SMC. The Learning Center is also available on the Niles Campus

Learn more at

Mental Health Counseling
Free mental health counseling is available to all students. To request a session or to refer someone else, students can click the Concerns link at the bottom of the SMC website and fill out the form.


The Dowagiac campus has two great places to eat, the Birdfeeder and the Zollar Cafe.

The Birdfeeder is a full-service cafeteria offering a full lunch menu, including home-style daily specials, fresh salads and freshly made soups, grilled sandwiches and deep-fried foods.

The Zollar Cafe serves breakfast and lunch. Breakfast items include waffles, cereal, oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, muffins, scones, gourmet coffee, cappuccinos and smoothies. Lunch items are fresh salads, hot paninis and wraps.

Meal plans are not available, but you can get your student a pre-paid meal card to use at the Birdfeeder or the Zollar Café. Set up a pre-paid meal card at the Birdfeeder.


The bookstore is the place to buy textbooks, SMC apparel and accessories, technology and other items. Located in the annex to the Dale A. Lyons Building. Read more about the bookstore.

800-456-8675, ext. 1384

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.