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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

Spring 2017 Financial Aid

  • For federal aid, you will need a 2016-2017 FAFSA on file (
    • The FAFSA will take 24-48 hours to load into the SMU system once it is approved by the Dept. of Education.  Please contact your designated advisor if your FAFSA has been accepted and you have not received award notification for the spring term.
  • If utilizing a Federal Grad PLUS loan, complete a new Grad PLUS credit application and MNP at
    • Use 2016-2017 academic year and the 1/17 -5/17 loan period
  • If utilizing a private loan or College Access Loan, please notify your designated advisor so they can coordinate with the loan administrator

Summer 2017 Financial Aid

  • Awarding for summer financial aid will begin in April – please look for the form online in the FORMS LIBRARY beginning April 1, 2017
  • Students who are newly admitted beginning a program in the Summer 2017 term should 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
  • Review the Graduate Financial Aid Checklist
  • Awarding for continuing graduate students will be in JUNE after spring grades have posted. For awarding schedule updates and additional information, please log into my.SMU and check step two or your FA Pony Tracks 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 additional 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.