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 February 15.

Last names beginning with: A, F, S

MiniMinerva Chihuahua

Minerva was born in Los Angeles but moved to Dallas at the age of eight and graduated from Skyline High School. She has been working in financial aid for several years and has been a part of the SMU family since 2010. Minerva loves the inviting atmosphere that SMU has to offer. Everyone is always ready to help.

Minerva's advice to students is to be proactive in the financial aid process. “Take advantage of your Financial Aid Advisor and ask as many questions as you need to make sure you have an understanding of how your education will be financed.”

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

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: M

CindyCindy Luetzow

Cindy was born and raised in Bad Axe, Michigan. She also lived in Arizona and Oklahoma before settling in Dallas. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and her Master of Liberal Arts from SMU. Cindy's experience includes the Bursar's Office and Undergraduate Financial Aid Advising. Over her two decades of university experience and 15 years of financial aid experience, she has worked at state, private and for-profit institutions.

Cindy joined SMU Financial Aid in June of 2002. She is very happy assisting and helping students and parents with their financial aid needs. SMU has been a great fit for her and she has enjoyed the professionalism, the SMU camaraderie and the beautiful campus SMU has to offer.

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

AshleyAshley Griffin

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: H, G, 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!

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

Deffie Williams