Financial Aid

Meet Your Financial Aid Advisor

We understand that each student's financial situation is unique. SMU has financial aid advisors that can help you and your family determine the best way to finance your future. We look forward to helping you through the financial aid process.

Don't forget to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS PROFILE®.  The priority consideration deadline is November 1 for Early Decision I and Early Action applicants and January 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants.

Last names beginning with: A, D, I, J, P, R

AshleyAshley Griffin-Ruiz

Ashley is a Dallas native who earned her B.A. in Business Administration-Management at the University of Texas-Arlington.  She began working in the SMU Financial Aid Office in 2012.  Her favorite part about working at SMU is the beautiful atmosphere of the campus.  she especially loves the opportunity to  work with students.  She's even hping to become one again herself by starting SMU's Masters of Liberal Studies program in 2014. Her best financial aid tip is: "Always pay attention to deadilnes and check your SMU e-mail account.

Last names beginning with: B, F, K, N, O, V

Deffie Williams

Last names beginning with: C, E, L, S, W, Veterans

GordonGordon Brannon

Gordon is from Portland, Oregon. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor's degree in accounting. Gordon joined the SMU admission staff in March 2006 after five years with the financial aid staff at Devry University.

As a Financial Aid Advisor at SMU, Gordon serves as an integral part in students' pursuit of a college degree. He finds it to be both an exhilarating and inspiring experience in assisting students with enhancing their education.

“The best tip when going through the financial aid process is to start as early as possible with completing financial aid applications. Certain aspects of pursuing financial assistance can be competitive.”

Last names beginning with: G, H, M, Q, T, U, X, Y, Z

PennyPenny Griffin

Penny is a proud graduate of SMU and has worked in financial aid at SMU for 10 years. Penny loves working at SMU with her great co-workers and all of the wonderful students and families with which she gets to interact. She also loves the atmosphere and the beauty of the campus. Penny's best tip for students going through the financial aid process is to be aware of deadlines and not procrastinate!