Students who elect to register for courses outside of their school of record will pay the tuition rate of their school of record.
A student who wishes to withdraw (resign) from the University before the end of a term or session must initiate a Student Petition for Withdrawal form, obtain approval from his or her academic dean and submit the form to the Division of Enrollment Services – University Registrar. The effective date of the withdrawal is the date on which the Student Petition for Withdrawal is processed in the Registrar’s Office. Discontinuance of class attendance or notification to the instructors of intention to withdraw does not constitute an official withdrawal.
Reduction of tuition and fees is based on the schedule listed in the Financial Information: Southern Methodist University and is determined by the effective date of the withdrawal. The schedule may be found at smu.edu/bursar, or call 214-768-3417.
Please note, however, for students receiving financial aid (scholarships, grants or loans), when the withdrawal date qualifies for reduction of tuition and fees charges, the refund typically will be used to repay the student aid programs first and go to the student/family last. Further, government regulations may require that SMU return aid funds whether or not the University must reduce its tuition and fees; hence, a student whose account was paid in full prior to withdrawal may owe a significant amount at withdrawal due to the required return of student aid. Therefore, students who receive any financial aid should discuss prior to withdrawal the financial implications of the withdrawal with staff of the Division of Enrollment Services.
Medical withdrawals have conditions that must be met prior to re-enrollment at SMU. Medical withdrawals must be authorized by the medical director, psychiatric director, counseling and testing director, or vice president for Student Affairs.
Students who live in University housing must obtain clearance from the Office of Residence Life and Student Housing.
University grants, scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships are awarded in the school or department in which the graduate student will enroll. Departments that offer the M.A., M.S. or Ph.D. degrees offer a significant number of tuition scholarships and teaching or research assistantships each year. For information, contact the department.
Grants and loans for Texas residents, private and federal loans, and employment programs may be available by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA may be completed online at fafsa.gov. A personal identification number can be obtained at pin.ed.gov, which can be used to electronically sign the application. SMUís code number is 003613.
See smu.edu/registrar for more information.