A bulletin supplement, Financial Information: Southern Methodist University, is issued each year by the Office of the Vice President for Business and Finance. It provides the general authority and reference for SMU financial regulations and obligations, as well as detailed information concerning tuition, fees and living expenses incurred while attending Southern Methodist University. The bulletin supplement is available from the University cashier and in the University Registrar’s Office. It will be mailed, upon request, from either of these offices. The bulletin supplement is mailed to all new and continuing students each summer.
Students are responsible for ensuring payment is received in the cashier’s office by the due date given to students at enrollment. No confirmation of receipt of payment will be sent. If an invoice has not been received two weeks prior to the due date, the cashier’s office should be contacted. The enrollment of students whose accounts remain unpaid on the due date will be cancelled.
Students are individually responsible for their financial obligations to the University. All refunds, with the exception of PLUS loans and the SMU Monthly Payment Plan, will be made to the student. If the refund is issued by check, the student may request, in writing, that the refund be sent to another party. A student whose University account is overdue or who is in any manner indebted to the University will be denied the recording and certification services of the Office of the Registrar, including the issuance of a transcript or diploma, until all obligations are fulfilled. The cashier may stop the enrollment, or cancel the completed enrollment, of a student who has a delinquent account or debt and may assess all attorney’s fees and other reasonable collection costs (up to 50 percent) and charges necessary for the collection of any amount not paid when due.
Matriculation in the University constitutes an agreement by the student to comply with all University rules, regulations and policies.
Arrangements for financial assistance from Southern Methodist University must be made in advance of enrollment in accordance with the application schedule established by the Division of Enrollment Services. A student should not expect such assistance to settle delinquent accounts.
Students desiring to withdraw from the University must initiate a Student Petition for Withdrawal form and submit the form to the registrar. The effective date of the withdrawal is the date the Student Petition for Withdrawal is processed in the Registrar’s Office. No refunds are made without an official withdrawal. Discontinuance of class attendance or notification to the instructors of intention to withdraw does not constitute an official withdrawal.
Students who reside in University housing must secure clearance from the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
Further details may be found in the current bulletin supplement Financial Information: Southern Methodist University.