Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Mission Statement

The Financial Aid Office at Southern Methodist University is committed to serving students by providing information to secure the necessary financial resources to meet their educational goals and financial obligations to the university. Our financial aid advisors offer personal attention to help explore a multitude of available scholarships, grants, loans, and payment plans.

The goal of the financial aid program at SMU is to provide financial assistance to students who would not be able to attend college without aid. The university expects that students and parents will contribute to the fullest extent of their ability from income and assets. When considering ways to fund their college education, students should explore all possibilities and adhere to application deadlines. It is the responsibility of the student to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Profile in a timely manner.


2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR:
  • The FAFSA & CSS/Profile applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are now available to submit. 

    Go to to complete and submit your 2019-2020 application for federal and state financial aid program. In addition to the FAFSA, all undergraduate students must also file the 2019-2020 CSS/Profile which is used to determine eligibility for institutional (SMU) need based aid. Go to submit your CSS/Profile application.
    Graduate students do not need to file the CSS/Profile.

  • Financial Aid awarding cycle for the 2019-2020 academic year is scheduled to begin based on the following schedule. When your financial aid award is ready for you to view/accept, you will be notified though your SMU email and My.SMU.
    • New incoming & transfer undergraduate student awarding will begin in late January, 2019.
    • New incoming graduate student awards are scheduled to begin in late April and will continue on a rolling basis.
    • Returning/Continuing student (Undergraduate & Graduate) awards will not begin until mid to late June after your grades from the SPRING term have been evaluated and posted.
  • Graduate level scholarships are awarded by the academic departments, not by the financial aid office. If you are expecting to receive a graduate scholarship but do not see it when you receive your financial aid award package, please contact your academic department for information.
  • Undergraduate scholarships offered by SMU are provided either by Admissions (merit) or by the school of a student's major (departmental). Eligibility for such scholarships is determined from the processing of the Admissions application not the Financial Aid office.
  • All communication will go through your SMU email address. Please check it and your Task Tile on my.SMU frequently for all updates on your Financial Aid.

Undergraduate Advisors

Blanton Building, Suite 119
Hours: 9am-4pm M-F
Phone:  214.768.3417
Fax:  214.768.3878
First Initial of Your Last Name Advisor
A, D, I, J, P, R Ashley Griffin-Ruiz
B, E, S, T
Riley Cronin
F, G, K, N, O, V Deffie Williams
H, M, Q, U, X, Y, Z Penny Griffin
C, L, W, Veterans Gordon Brannon

Graduate Advisors

Blanton Building, Suite 119             
Hours:  9am-4pm M-F
Area Advisor
Business, Theology, Engineering, Meadows

Meredith Turner

Law, Dedman, Simmons, Research Studies, Hart

Charmissa Edmun-Ajakaiye