Accepted Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Our financial aid advisers can answer questions and help guide you through the financial aid process. Call us at 214-768-2058 or 1-800-323-0672 or e-mail ugadmission@smu.edu.

How do I apply for merit-based scholarships?
Submit your application for admission by January 15. To be considered for the Hunt Leadership Scholarship, you also must submit an additional essay as outlined at smu.edu/hunt.

Who is eligible for merit-based scholarships and financial aid?
All applicants are considered automatically for merit-based scholarships. U.S. and dual citizens and permanent residents who submit the FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE® are considered for need-based financial aid.

Will I have a financial aid adviser at SMU?
SMU assigns a financial aid adviser to each student.

When do I apply for financial aid?
Apply to SMU by January 15 and then submit the FAFSA. You also must submit the CSS/PROFILE® to be considered for SMU need-based grants. The FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE® should be submitted by February 15 for priority consideration.

How does SMU determine the amount of financial assistance?
FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE® information is sent to SMU, which compares the cost of attending SMU with the family’s ability to contribute to the cost.

When will I receive my award notification?
Most merit-based scholarships are awarded at the time of admission. For need-based awards, SMU must receive and review your FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE® before your awards can be determined.

What if I receive an off-campus scholarship?
Let your financial aid adviser know of any expected scholarships from outside sources. Receipt of off-campus funding might affect your financial aid package by first reducing any need-based loans and/or work-study.

How do I accept my financial aid awards?
Submit your enrollment deposit, and then go online to accept or decline any specific awards.