Prospective Students

Financial Aid and Scholarship

SMU wants a high quality education to be affordable to all students, regardless of income levels. In fact, nearly 80% of all SMU undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. These include merit scholarships, federal financial aid (including Stafford loans, the Pell Grant program and work-study), Texas state grants and SMU need-based funding. For more information on Dedman College merit-based scholarships and applying for financial aid, please read below.

Dedman College merit-based scholarships

Are you a high school student interested in the humanities and sciences? You're in luck! We will automatically review you for competitive merit scholarships in Dedman College when you are admitted to SMU and have listed a Dedman College major as your first-choice interest on the SMU application. Qualified applicants then will be invited to apply to our Dedman College Scholars Program. This scholarship process requires an additional letter of intent and a phone interview. If you're chosen as a scholarship candidate or recipient, we will notify you through the mailing and/or email address you've listed on your application.

Applying for financial aid

Students wanting to apply for financial aid should complete and submit the free Federal Student Aid application (FAFSA) and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® as early as January 1. The deadline for first year students is February 15. The deadline for returning and transfer students is April 15. The Financial Aid PROFILE® will give the financial aid advisors more information to assess your need-based financial aid. Financial aid can come in many forms, including grants, loans and work-study programs. 

For more information on the process of applying for financial aid, click here

To contact your financial aid counselor, click here