VA Benefits

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office as SMU 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.

Students wanting to apply for financial aid can complete and submit the FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid Profile. Instructions on the financial aid process are found on SMU's Financial Aid website.

VA Educational Benefits and FAFSA

VA educational benefits are not impacted by the FAFSA. If you receive grants or loans through FAFSA, you will still receive the same amount of VA educational benefits as if you did not. Many undergraduate students are eligible for federal grands and we highly recommend that undergraduates file a FAFSA. If you are a graduate student and think that you might want to use loans, you should also complete a FAFSA.

Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Scholarships

Some scholarships may reduce the amount of tuition payment the GI Bill® sends. If your scholarship or grant is tuition and fee specific, it will be subtracted from your net tuition and fees before your tuition is reported to VA.

Undergraduate students, SMU Yellow Ribbon Scholarships are offered in lieu of all other SMU funded aid, including previously offered academic scholarships. If veteran benefits expire prior to graduation, academic scholarships may be reinstated as long as academic renewal requirements have been met.

Federal Tuition Assistance

The Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) program provides financial assistance to students currently serving in the National Guard, reserves, or on active duty. FTA can be used for voluntary education programs that support professional and personal self-development goals. FTA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning and is part of an approved academic degree or certificate program. FTA enrollment requests must be submitted and approved prior to the course start date. For more information on using FTA at SMU, please contact Mirjan Laci.

Follow the links below for your service branch's website for additional information:

Emergency Short-Term Loan

To bridge the gap for students waiting at the start of a semester for their first VA payment, SMU offers a short-term, no-interest loan.

Note: The term Veterans is used on this page to describe students wo are eligible for and/or claiming veteran benefits for the term. This includes veterans, active duty servicemembers, spouses, and dependents

The White Loan is managed through the Dean of Student Affairs’ office and offers up to $1,000 in assistance.  The Bursar’s Office processes these loans upon approval from Student Affairs.

  • Students are referred to Deanie Kepler, Director of Parent & Family Programs, for a White loan.

The Bursar’s Office will place a hold on the veteran’s future enrollment. The loan must be repaid no later than the day before continuing enrollment begins for the following semester. Once the loan is repaid, the Bursar’s Office will remove the enrollment hold.

 

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.