While finances are a personal matter, your student will need access to some funds while at Michigan Tech. Many Michigan Tech students find that having a local bank account is convenient for withdrawing and depositing funds, including student employment paychecks and financial aid refunds, and for obtaining a debit card. While Michigan Tech does not endorse any of the banks below, the University provides this listing for your convenience. Some of these banks have branch locations across Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, and even nationwide.
- Citizens Bank: 906-482-8562
- Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union: 906-482-5005
- Miners State Bank: 906-482-5131
- Range Bank: 906-487-9680
- River Valley State Bank: 906-482-4646
- Superior National Bank and Trust: 906-483-4850
- Wells Fargo: (Wachovia) 906-487-5800
Some families choose to set up an account with a branch bank in their home area. Creating a joint account at home allows family members to make deposits and to check account status. While this is convenient, it is helpful for families to encourage their student to begin to manage their own finances. This life skill will be essential in the future, and while in college, your student can work to develop a culture of responsibility and establish good credit.
There are several ATMs located on campus. The Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union has ATMs in Wadsworth Hall and the Memorial Union Building (MUB). There is also a Citizen’s Bank ATM in the Memorial Union Building (MUB).
Cell Phones and Wireless Providers
Two wireless providers, Verizon and AT&T, serve the Houghton area. If your family has a plan with one of these providers, your student will be able to use their cell phone while at Michigan Tech within their respective network. If your family has a plan with another wireless company, please check with your provider to ensure coverage in the Houghton area.
Choosing a computer to support your student’s education is a matter of preference. Michigan Tech students use both desktop and laptop computers, as well as both Macs (Apple) and PCs (Windows). When selecting a computer, make sure it is one your student is comfortable using; also verify that it has an Ethernet port. Your student should ensure their computer is secure prior to arriving at Tech.
Each student will have access to a departmental computer lab, where all the specialized software needed for their academic program is accessible. Students living in the residence halls and Michigan Tech apartments connect to the Internet and other electronic resources through Resnet and have technology support services available through Restech. Rovernet, Michigan Tech’s network of wireless Internet “hot zones” across campus, is available to all students. To access Rovernet, your student’s computer should have a Wi-Fi certified 802.11b or 802.11g wireless card.