Graduate Financial Aid

Graduate Financial Aid

Working toward, and ultimately earning your graduate degree can be one of the best decisions you will ever make.   Deciding what and where to study can be exhilarating and exciting.  It can also be confusing and stressful, especially when you consider the costs associated with earning an advanced degree.  We believe that your time and energy should be spent focusing on your studies instead of your finances.

The SMU Graduate Financial Aid Office was created to provide graduate students with a reliable resource for information on issues unique to graduate programs.  

Contact information:

Graduate Financial Aid Office
Expressway Tower
6116 North Central Expressway, Suite 1096
Southeast Corner of SMU Blvd and N. Central Expressway
214-768-2644 Office Main
214-768-4119 Office Fax


Graduate Programs Advisors

Meredith Turner, Associate Director
  Business, Theology, Engineering, Arts
Charmissa Edmun-Haynes, Sr. Financial Aid Advisor
  Law, Humanities/Sciences, Education and Human Dev.,
Research & Graduate Studies, Game Design (Guildhall)

2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR (Fall 2017 – Summer 2018):

  • Current Graduate students interested in utilizing a student loan for Summer Term should submit an FA request for their program through the SMU Forms Library.
    • Loan eligibility will be determined by program and by anticipated enrollment – please note, federal and state loan funding requires a minimum of part-time enrollment.
  • Summer 2018 Term newly admitted students should submit a 2017-2018 FAFSA online at to determine financial aid eligibility for the Summer term. Monitor your My.SMU account for any assigned tasks or required documents, and watch your SMU email address for an award notification.   Please contact our office at or 214-768-2644 for additional assistance.


2018-2019 ACADEMIC YEAR (Fall 2018 – Summer 2019):

  • All scholarships for graduate level programs 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 to information.
  • The 2018-2019 FAFSA is available for use.   Go to  to complete and submit your 2018-2019 application for federal and state financial aid program. If possible, please use the DRT in the FAFSA application (Data Retrieval Tool) to directly input your 2016 tax information – this will limit the number of errors/corrections that have to be made.
  • Financial Aid awarding cycle for the 2018-2019 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 by SMU email and through My.SMU.
    • New incoming graduate student awards are scheduled to begin in late April and will continue on a rolling basis.
    • Returning/Continuing Graduate student awards will not begin until mid to late June after all of your grades from the SPRING term have been evaluated and posted.


Federal aid for any given term requires a minimum of part-time enrollment (usually 4.5 credit hours).  For enrollment of less than 4.5 hours, students may utilize one of the private lenders listed in the Types of Financial Aid link at the top of the page. 

Students who are considering withdrawing or dropping a class should contact their Financial Aid advisor for additional information regarding how that may affect their federal aid eligibility.