We look forward to having you as part of the Mustang Family. This page is for you. We will update it periodically with the latest and most important information that is helpful for you as the parent of a future Mustang! Please also be sure to view the comprehensive list of "Next Steps" for students found here.
Parents, please download the New Student Checklist. This is a checklist of items that students who have paid their deposit need to complete before they start classes this fall.
PLAN A FAMILY VISIT!
Take advantage of one of the many visit opportunities available this spring and explore the possibilities for your student at SMU.
REMEMBER UPCOMING FINANCIAL AID DEADLINES
We strive to reward your student’s academic achievement and consider your family’s financial circumstances as we work with you to support your student’s educational goals. If you have not already done so, please follow these instructions:
Simply submit two forms by your chosen application deadline: November 1 for Early Decision I and Early action or January 15 for Early Decision II or Regular Decision.These are priority deadlines. Both forms are available on October 1 of every year.
1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
for federal and state aid
U.S. and dual citizens and permanent residents seeking eligibility for federal and state sources of aid must submit the FAFSA each year.
Visit fafsa.gov to file the FAFSA. Use SMU school code 003613.
2. The CSS Profile™
for institutional aid
For SMU opportunity grants, you must submit a CSS Profile™ financial application each year. This will give our financial aid advisors more information to further assess your financial need. There is a $25 cost for completing the CSS Profile™.
Visit cssprofile.org to file the CSS Profile™. Use SMU school code 6660.
Learn more about the financial aid process at SMU.
ORIENTATION AT SMU
As you start to make plans for your student's first semester at SMU, you are probably curious about the orientation process for first-year students. All students are required to attend both an Academic Advising and Registration Orientation (AARO) in the summer and Mustang Corral in August before the fall semester begins. You will receive detailed information and registration instructions for these programs in the coming weeks.
INCOMING! A PARENT'S CHECKLIST FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
The start of school is an exciting time for new college students, but it can also be challenging as they make the transition. Here is a checklist from SMU Parent Liaison, Deanie Kepler, of things to do and discuss this summer before your student heads out.