Program Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition, Course Fees, Room & Board

NOTE: For 2021, students enrolled in an SMU-in-Taos virtual or Flex course will only be charged tuition at the rate of $1520/credit hour. There are no course fees. Please visit the Bursar's website for information about payment due dates.


Students enrolled in courses at SMU-in-Taos will have tuition, course fees and room and board charges added to their SMU Student Account.  Tuition will be charged at a per credit hour rate. Current per credit tuition rates may be found on the Bursar's website. Finally, when students are in Taos, all students are expected to stay on campus and pay the full room and board rates for that term.

All charges will need to be paid through my.SMU or the SMU Bursar's Office.  Term payment deadlines are set by the Bursar's Office and failure to pay on time may result in the Bursar's Office assessing late fees and placing holds on the student's account.  The SMU-in-Taos Office cannot accept or confirm payment for these charges and has no control over late fees. 

Students will be responsible for purchasing any required textbooks or supplies and arranging their own travel and to and from Taos, New Mexico.  

SMU Merit Scholarships, Financial Aid, Loans & Tuition Benefits

Students who currently receive need-based aid from the university may be able to receive pro-rated awards during the summer and January terms.  The awards can be applied towards Taos courses exactly as they would apply to courses taken on the main campus.  In June Term, students must be enrolled in 6 or more hours at SMU over the course of the entire summer (including May and August) to be eligible for summer aid.  Interested students should contact their financial aid advisor for an estimate of their pro-rated awards.  

Students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours may also be eligible for Federal or Private loans.  Interested students should contact their financial aid advisor for assistance applying for loans.

For more information about the Financial Aid Office, please visit the SMU Financial Aid website, stop by Blanton 119 or call 214-768-3417 for assistance.

Students receiving SMU Tuition Benefits are often eligible to receive full tuition coverage for courses taken at SMU-in-Taos.  Please contact SMU Human Resources at or 214-768-3311 for more information.

Friends of SMU-in-Taos Partial Tuition Assistance Award

A limited number of partial tuition assistance scholarships are available to full-time SMU undergraduate students attending SMU-in-Taos.  Assistance is limited and is awarded at the discretion of the SMU-in-Taos Scholarship Award Committee.  The award is based primarily on demonstrated financial need although students may provide evidence of extenuating circumstances.  The award applies only to tuition.  Students receiving tuition assistance awards are responsible for all remaining fees, room and board and transportation expenses.

Interested students can submit online applications via the site.  Friends of Taos Scholarship applications will become available through the application system once a student has been accepted to attend SMU-in-Taos. 

Resident Assistant Positions

Students may apply to serve as Resident Assistants (RAs).  RAs are compensated with a scholarship which covers room and board fees.  RA responsibilities require a significant time commitment.  Prospective RAs must submit an application and undergo an interview process.  Interested candidates must attend a mandatory training in Dallas.  All RAs must arrive in Taos prior to the start of term and will stay until noon on departure day.  Click here to learn more about about RA positions. RA applications will become available through the application system once a student has been accepted to attend SMU-in-Taos.  

Payment Due Dates

Full payment for each term is due by the dates listed on the Bursar's website.  These dates are set by the Bursar's Office and subject to change.  Please verify these dates with the Bursar's Office.  Late payments will result in a fine assessed by the Bursar’s Office.  Please notify the SMU-in-Taos Office and the Bursar’s Office if you miss the payment deadline, but still plan to attend Taos.  All delinquent payments and late fees should be paid in full prior to arrival in Taos.  Students who fail to pay in a timely manner may be automatically withdrawn from courses.


Refund Policies

Taos room and board fees are non-refundable. In order to confirm attendance and to be enrolled, student must agree to pay room and board fees. For this reason, we encourage students to coordinate with parents, academic and financial advisors prior to confirming attendance.  If a confirmed student cancels their application, withdraws or fails to show up in Taos, they will still be responsible for the room and board charges.  The only exception to this policy would be in the event that the SMU-in-Taos office cancels a course and the student is unable to move into an alternative course.

Tuition and course fees are refundable if the student submits the appropriate form by the cancellation deadline. For 100% refund of tuition and course fees, students must submit the Taos Cancellation/Withdrawal Request Form to the SMU-in-Taos Office prior to the arrival date for that term. Any cancellations after 12:01 am on the arrival date will forfeit tuition, course fees, room and board.  NO refunds will be issued after the term arrival date.

All students are required to stay on the Taos campus, pay full room and board and abide by all campus policies (see Conduct Agreement). Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and/or Campus Policies may result in removal from the SMU-in-Taos campus and/or fines. If a student is removed from the SMU-in-Taos campus, they will be administratively dropped from all courses without refund and required to leave campus at their own expense.