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Tuition, Scholarships & Financial Aid

MayTerm Tuition and Payment Due Date

For MayTerm 2015, regular undergraduate students will pay a reduced tuition rate of only $1,211 per credit hour, the same rate offered last year during the SMU Summer School program in 2014. The total cost for one 3-hour MayTerm course is $3,633 and no other fees will be assessed with the exception of travel costs and special fees for the course being offered in New York City (ADV 5301).

For other SMU students (certain graduate students, those enrolled in the evening bachelor’s degree program, etc.), MayTerm tuition will typically be calculated at the current rate being charged by the specific program in which they are enrolled.

Tuition is due no later than Tuesday, May 5 after which time a late fee will be assessed by the Bursar's Office. Delinquent payment/late fees not paid in full will result in account and enrollment holds.

MayTerm Cancellation/Withdrawal Process

Should your plans change and you need to drop your MayTerm course, you cannot do so through my.SMU. Send an email to with your full name, SMU ID, and the course in which you are enrolled—we will then submit a cancellation or withdrawal form on your behalf. Please be aware of all MayTerm deadlines including refund policies (see below).

SMU Merit Scholarships/Financial Aid for MayTerm

Students considering enrollment in a MayTerm course should contact their Financial Aid Advisor. Those receiving SMU Merit Scholarships (such as the President's Scholars, Hunt Scholars, Provost or Rotunda scholarships, etc.) or need-based financial aid (SMU Opportunity Grant) may be eligible to receive these rewards on a pro-rated basis for MayTerm.

Please note that other Federal and State funds are not available for MayTerm unless you are also attending Summer 1 or 2 and/or the June or August Terms in Taos. In order to receive financial aid outside of MayTerm, a student must be enrolled in at least SIX (6) hours over the course of the entire summer. Please contact your Financial Aid Advisor for more information.

Starting in Summer 2015, the Financial Aid Department no longer requires students to fill out a summer financial aid/scholarship application form. Eligible students will receive pro-rated financial awards after enrolling in a MayTerm course through my.SMU. Please be sure to enroll by Friday, April 24, to allow processing prior to the MayTerm payment due date of Tuesday, May 5.

For more information or assistance, please visit the SMU Financial Aid website or call 214-768-3417. Financial Aid Advisors are assigned alphabetically by last name.

MayTerm Scholars Partial Tuition Assistance Award

A limited number of partial tuition assistance scholarships are available to full-time SMU undergraduate students attending an SMU MayTerm course. Assistance is limited and is awarded at the discretion of the MayTerm Scholarship Committee, based in part on financial need, academic merit, and strength of the applicant's essay.

The scholarship can only be applied towards the cost of tuition. The MayTerm Scholars Award can be combined with other MayTerm financial aid, not to exceed the cost of tuition. Those receiving staff/dependent benefits through SMU are not eligible for the MayTerm Scholars award.

Interested students must apply for the MayTerm Scholars Award by Friday, April 24, by submitting this form, 2014-15 MayTerm Scholars Partial Tuition Award Application, and a short essay to the SMU Financial Aid Office (Blanton 119).

MayTerm Refund Policies

Students must provide written notification of their drop/withdrawal to (include your full name, SMU ID, and the course in which you are enrolled) by the following dates. Once we receive your official written notification, we will complete a withdrawal/cancellation form on your behalf and submit to Enrollment Services/Bursar for processing. Due to the compressed timeframe of MayTerm, NO refunds will be issued after Thursday, May 14, 2015.

Received by Wednesday, May 13, no later than 4:00 p.m. 100% refund
Received on Thursday, May 14, no later than 4:00 p.m. - the 1st day of class 50% refund

MayTerm Drop / Withdrawal Deadlines

Not attending class does not drop you from the course. You will need to provide written notification of your drop/withdrawal to (not your advisor or professor) by the dates indicated below.

Received on or before Friday, May 15 course will not appear on your transcript
Received between Saturday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 26 grade of “W” will appear on your transcript
Received after Tuesday, May 26 grade of “F” will appear on your transcript