Jul 30, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Methods of Payment

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SMU’s excellence is a joint investment among students, their families and the University. SMU offers several payment options and extended payment plans that can help with expenses during the college years. Students and parents have the option of paying by cash (do not mail cash), check, money order, cashier’s check, credit card (American Express, Discover and MasterCard), direct wiring of funds, or with the assistance of financial aid. In addition to state and federal sources of financial assistance, SMU offers various financing plans, which are administered by the SMU Division of Enrollment Services.


SMU provides a secure website through which you can make electronic check (eCheck) and electronic credit card (American Express, Discover and MasterCard) payments to your SMU accounts. Payments made online will post to the student and/or miscellaneous account immediately. At the time of electronic payment, a receipt will be provided. Please visit smu.edu/bursar/smupay.asp to log into SMUpay.

Note: Credit card (American Express, Discover and MasterCard) payments will be processed through Nelnet Business Solutions, Inc. If you choose this option, a service charge fee will be added for each transaction. The service charge fee is 2.75 percent and is subject to change with a 30-day notice.

Make sure pop-up blocker is off. SMUpay requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or newer, Mozilla Firefox 17 or newer or Google Chrome 24 or newer with JavaScript, Cookies and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) enabled.


(no service charge fee)

Requirements for nonchecking accounts: For savings account routing numbers, contact your financial institution. Deposit slips may not include the correct routing number. Not all payments from brokerage/investment accounts can be made online; please check with your account representative. Checks written from credit card accounts, commonly called convenience or credit advance checks, may not allow electronic transactions. Contact your financial institution to determine whether ACH transactions are allowed.


Begin processing by logging on to https://my.SMU.edu. Select Student Homepage, click on the Financial Account tile, click on SMUpay on the left-hand menu and select the account you are paying on the View & Pay Accounts page.


Begin processing by logging on to https://my.SMU.edu. Select Employee Self-Service, click on the Financial Account tile, select a term and click on an amount, click on SMUpay on the left-hand menu and select the account you are paying on the View & Pay Accounts page.


Students can add Authorized Payers on their SMUpay account. Authorized Payers can view a student’s bills, statements and unbilled activity, as well as make payments. When students add an Authorized Payer, the added payer will receive an email that will contain the User ID and URL required to complete the Authorized Payer setup. The Authorized Payer will need to get the temporary password from the student. Parents and others can access a student’s account once they have been added as an Authorized Payer. Students should visit smu.edu/bursar/smupay.asp for instructions on adding an Authorized Payer. Instructions for resetting a login name and password can also be found on this website.


Western Union has partnered with SMU for International and Domestic wire payments. Flywire is also available for international wire payments. Please refer to the Bursars Office website for wiring instructions and information.


Tuition Refund Insurance can help refund your tuition, fees, room and board charges, up to the policy limits, if you are unable to complete the semester due to a covered medical reason such as an illness, accident or mental health issue. This insurance program complements SMU’s refund policy, and we believe families will benefit from this added protection. Please visit www.gradguard.com/tuition/smu to review the complete refund policy and for more information about Tuition Refund Insurance.

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