Simmons School of Education and Human Development - Financial Information
A catalog supplement, Financial Information: Southern Methodist University,
is issued each academic year. It provides the general authority and reference for
SMU financial regulations and obligations, as well as detailed information concerning
tuition, fees and living expenses.
The supplement is available on the Bursar website at smu.edu/bursar. For more
information, call 214-768-3417.
Students registering in Continuing Student Enrollment must ensure that payment
is received in the Division of Enrollment Services by the due date (published on
the Bursar website). No confirmation of receipt of payment will be sent. Invoice
notifications are e-mailed to the student’s SMU e-mail address after registration
for the student to view on the Web. If notification has not been received two weeks
prior to the due date, Enrollment Services should be contacted. The registration
of a student whose account remains unpaid after the due date may be canceled at
the discretion of the University. Students registering in New Student Enrollment
and Late Enrollment must pay at the time of registration.
Students are individually responsible for their financial obligations to the University.
All refunds will be made to the student, with the exception of PLUS loans and
the SMU Monthly Payment Plan. If the refund is issued by check, the student may
request, in writing, that the refund be sent to another party. Any outstanding debts
to the University will be deducted from the credit balance prior to issuing a refund
check. Students with Title IV financial aid need to sign an Authorization to Credit
Account form. Students with a PLUS Loan need to have the parent sign an Authorization
to Credit Account Parent form. A student whose University account is overdue
or who is in any other 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, and may be denied readmission until all obligations are fulfilled.
The Division of Enrollment Services may stop the registration – or may cancel
the completed registration – 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 SMU must be made in advance of
registration and in accordance with the application schedule of the Division of
Enrollment Services – Financial Aid. A student should not expect such assistance
to settle delinquent accounts.
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
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
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
which 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.
SMU’s code number is 003613.
University-based grants, scholarships, fellowships and assistantships are not
available to students in any Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and
Human Development programs.
See smu.edu/registrar for more information.