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Graduate Financial Aid

Graduate Financial Aid

Working toward, and ultimately earning your graduate degree can be one of the best decisions you will ever make.   Deciding what and where to study can be exhilarating and exciting.  It can also be confusing and stressful, especially when you consider the costs associated with earning an advanced degree.  We believe that your time and energy should be spent focusing on your studies instead of your finances.

The SMU Graduate Financial Aid Office was created to provide graduate students with a reliable resource for information on issues unique to graduate programs.  

Contact information:

Graduate Financial Aid Office
Expressway Tower
6116 North Central Expressway, Suite 1096
Southeast Corner of SMU Blvd and N. Central Expressway
214-768-2644 Office Main
214-768-4119 Office Fax


Graduate Programs Advisors

Meredith Turner, Associate Director
  Business, Theology, Engineering, Arts
Charmissa Edmun-Haynes, Sr. Financial Aid Advisor
  Law, Humanities/Sciences, Education and Human Dev.,
Research & Graduate Studies, Game Design (Guildhall)

Reminders and Deadlines

Summer 2017 Financial Aid

  • Summer 2017 is part of the 2016-2017 academic year, and is awarded based on the 2016-2017 FAFSA.  If you do not have one on file, submit a 16-17 FAFSA at
  • Please complete a Summer FA Request form specific to your program/school, found in the FA Forms Library.  Loan eligibility is calculated based on enrollment.
  • Students who are newly admitted beginning a program in the Summer 2017 term can also email their designated advisor for details on summer awarding

2017 – 2018 Financial Aid (All Terms beginning in August 2017 – July 2018)

  • For federal aid, you will need a 2017-2018 FAFSA on file (
  • Review the Guide to Financial Assistance for Graduate Programs and the Graduate Financial Aid Checklist
  • Awarding for new students will depend on program and will vary between April – June. 
  • Awarding for continuing graduate students will be in June - July after spring grades have posted.
  • For awarding schedule updates and additional information, please log into my.SMU and check for any checklist items, and monitor your SMU Email address for award notifications.
  • Scholarships at the graduate level are awarded directly by the Academic Departments.  Please contact your admissions coordinator for scholarship information.

Federal aid for any given term requires a minimum of part-time enrollment (usually 4.5 credit hours).  For enrollment of less than 4.5 hours, students may utilize one of the private lenders listed in the Types of Financial Aid link at the top of the page. 

Students who are considering withdrawing or dropping a class should contact their Financial Aid advisor for additional information regarding how that may affect their federal aid eligibility.