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Enrollment Services FAQs

  • Is there a separate application process for students who have served in the United States Armed Forces?

    No.  All students are required to apply for either undergraduate or graduate admission using the same application process as other students.

     

  • What are your admission requirements?

    Active duty and veteran students meet the same admission criteria of the University as all prospective students. Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website or the specific graduate Admissions website for more information.

     

  • What is the deadline for submitting my application?

    Application deadlines fluctuate depending on whether you are a first year, transfer or graduate applicant. Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website or the specific graduate Admissions website for more information.

     

  • How do I arrange for a campus tour?

    Daily visits for undergraduate applicants are offered Monday through Friday and include an admission information session, a campus tour and an information session in your academic college.  Visit SMU has the information you need to register.

     

  • How much is tuition at SMU?

    Tuition, fees and other expenses are found on the Bursar’s office website.

     

  • Where can I find an academic calendar?

    The Academic Calendar website has calendars for all undergraduate and graduate schools for the academic year.

     

  • What do I need to do every semester to get my GI Bill?

    You should complete the Request for VA Certification form located on the University Registrar’s website.

     

  • What happens if I am activated to return to duty during the semester?

    Contact one of the School Certifying Officials immediately and provide a copy of your military orders.

     

  • Does the GI Bill cover the cost of SMU Student Health Insurance?

    If the health insurance is required based on your enrollment,  SMU will include the health insurance amount in the tuition and required fees certified to VA.

     

  • What do I do if my benefits have not come in by my tuition deadline?

    If SMU has an updated VA Certificate of Eligibility, then the Financial Aid office will credit your SMU account with the amount the University expects to receive from VA.  Students are responsible for paying any remaining balances.  Contact a Financial Aid Counselor regarding other financial assistance that might be available to you. 

     

  • Can I qualify for financial aid even though I receive VA benefits?

    You may qualify for other aid. Contact the appropriate Financial Aid counselor to explore other funding options.

     

  • What type of housing am I eligible for at SMU?

    Students under the age of 20 are required to live on campus in SMU Housing.  SMU has a limited amount of housing available for students 20 or over.  Residence Life and Student Housing is available to assist you with housing application questions and other housing information.

     

  • Will the VA pay my application fees?

    No. Application fees are not covered by the VA. An individual decision may be made to waive the fee by the admission counselor only in extreme cases.

     

  • Can I receive college credit for my military training?

    Undergraduate veteran and active duty students who completed recruit training in the military may receive two hours of credit to satisfy the Personal Responsibility and Wellness component of the University Curriculum. 

     

  • Is there a discounted tuition rate for veterans?

    The only discounted tuition rate is for students in the Graduate Lyle School of Engineering.

     

  • How many months of VA educational benefits (or entitlement) do I have left?

    Your remaining eligibility should be listed on your updated Certificate of Eligibility.  You may also login to the e-Benefits portal to obtain a snapshot of your eligibility.  

     

  • What happens if I change my class schedule?

    All classes must be degree-required courses in order for SMU to certify those courses to VA.  Contact one of the School Certifying Officials if you need to drop a course.

     

  • How many credit hours do I need to take to be classified as a fulltime student?

    Undergraduate:
    Fall/Spring/Summer – 12 hours
    Interterms – 3 hours

    Graduate / Theology:
    Fall/Spring/Summer – 9 hours
    Interterms – 3 hours

    EHD:
    All Terms – 6 hours (9 hours effective Spring 2018)

    Law (Professional):
    Fall/Spring/Summer – 9 hours
    Interterms – 3 hours

    Law (Masters):
    Fall/Spring/Summer – 8 hours
    Interterms – 3 hours

     

  • What level of VA educational benefits am I entitled to if I’m not classified as a full-time student?

    Chapter 33 students:  Regardless of the number of hours a student is enrolled in, VA will pay SMU the tuition/fee amount based on the percentage of eligibility and no more than the prorated (if less than 100%) VA yearly maximum.  Both the books/supplies stipend and the BAH will be determined by the enrollment status of the student and percentage of eligibility.

    Other VA chapters:  The monthly stipend is dependent upon the number of hours in which a student is enrolled.

     

  • How are VA educational benefits calculated during summer semesters at SMU?

    VA benefits are used based on enrollment status and length of term. 

     

  • Do I have to maintain a certain GPA to keep my VA educational benefits?

    If you qualify for and are receiving Yellow Ribbon, then you must maintain satisfactory academic progress, conduct, and attendance.  Students who are on academic probation may not receive Yellow Ribbon benefits.

     

  • If I fail a class, will I have to pay anything back to the VA?

    If an F is earned, SMU reports the last day of attendance to the VA.  The student may be required to pay money back to the VA for the class.

    If a student completes a term with all F’s, then SMU reports the last day of attendance to the VA. 

    If the student is suspended, SMU reports unsatisfactory progress to VA.

     

  • Does the VA pay for courses I repeat?

    If you complete a course with a grade that does not meet degree requirements, VA will pay for you to repeat the course. 

     

  • How do I drop or withdraw from a class, and will doing so affect my VA educational benefits?

    Students are able to drop courses online via the my.SMU Student Center by the published deadline.  Contact one of the School Certifying Officials if you have any questions.

    If dropping a course changes your enrollment status to less than full-time, then your BAH will be reduced.  Also, VA may require that you pay them back for the dropped course. 

     

  • What types of “mitigating circumstances” are acceptable to the VA for dropping a class or withdrawing from SMU?

    Examples are:

    • An illness or death in the student’s immediate family.

    • An illness or injury afflicting the student during the enrollment period.

    • An unavoidable change in the student’s conditions of employment.

    • An unavoidable geographical transfer resulting from the student’s employment.

    • Immediate family or financial obligations beyond the control of the claimant that   
      require him or her to suspend pursuit of the program of education to obtain
      employment.

    • Discontinuance of the course by the school.

    • Unanticipated active military service, including active duty for training.

    • Unanticipated difficulties with childcare arrangements the student has made for       
       the period during which he or she is attending classes.

     

  • What is a punitive grade and will getting one affect my VA educational benefits?

    The only grade that is non-punitive is a grade of W.  All other grades (A through D-) affect a student’s GPA. 

    If an F is earned, SMU reports the last day of attendance to the VA.  The student may be required to pay money back to the VA for the class. 

    If a student completes a term with all F’s, SMU reports the last day of attendance to the VA.  If the student is suspended, SMU reports unsatisfactory progress to VA.

     

  • What majors or academic programs does SMU offer?

    SMU offers a wide range of degrees, majors, minors and certificates through its seven degree-granting schools. Academic information for all degree plans are found in the University catalogs.

     

  • What if I'm also taking classes at another college? It is possible to take courses at another institution and combine both school’s enrollment for VA certification purposes.  Please contact one of the School Certifying Officials for more information.

     

  • Can I study abroad using my VA benefits?

    If the courses are “degree required” courses, SMU can certify the tuition and fees to VA.  Room/board and travel expenses cannot be certified to VA.