Jul 30, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 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 check, money order, cashier’s check, credit card (American Express, Discover and MasterCard), credit card VISA (may only be used for payments made to the Student Account (Tuition/fees, room/board, parking permit, mandatory health insurance) and payment plans), 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.

SMUPAY

SMU provides a secure website through which you can make electronic check (eCheck) and electronic credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA) payments to your SMU accounts. VISA may only be used for payments made to the Student Account (Tuition/fees, room/board, parking permit, mandatory health insurance) and payment plans. A different payment profile that does not use VISA can be used for payments made to the Miscellaneous Account. 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, MasterCard and VISA) payments will be processed through NelNet Business Solutions, Inc. If you choose this option, a non-refundable service charge fee will be added for each transaction. The non-refundable 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.

Credit Card PAYMENTS

Credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and VISA) payments will be processed through NelNet Business Solutions, Inc. VISA may only be used for payments made to the Student Account (Tuition/fees, room/board, parking permit, mandatory health insurance) and payment plans.  A different payment profile that does not use VISA can be used for payments made to the Miscellaneous Account. If you choose the credit card payment option, a non-refundable service charge fee will be added for each transaction. The non-refundable service charge fee is 2.75 percent and is subject to change with a 30-day notice.

eCheck (Personal Checking or Savings) PAYMENTS

(no service charge fee)

You will need to provide your bank’s routing number and your checking or savings account number. If you have questions regarding the correct numbers to use, please contact your financial institution. Keep in mind that some banks use different routing numbers for ACH transactions and wire transfers. The routing number you need to use for payment through an eCheck is the ACH routing number, which is typically found at the bottom of your check and is the left-most number, followed by your account number, and then by the number of the check. Do NOT use any numbers on your debit card.

Requirements for non-checking 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.

STUDENTS

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.

FACULTY/STAFF

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 and select the account you are paying on the View & Pay Accounts page.

AUTHORIZED PAYER (SMUPAY: VIEW BILLS AND MAKE PAYMENTS)

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.

DOMESTIC WIRE PAYMENTS

Through SMU’s partnership with Western Union, you can make domestic wire payments through your my.SMU portal or Authorized Payer account.

Western Union has partnered with SMU for International and Domestic wire payments. Make Payment to the student account by selecting the Link in SMUpay and completing the process with Western Union. Save on bank fees and exchange rates. Western Union is worldwide. Provide current Student ID for payment to be applied correctly.

INTERNATIONAL WIRE PAYMENTS

SMU has partnered with Flywire and Western Union to provide our international students with easy and secure methods to send international payments through your my.SMU portal or Authorized Payer account.

Western Union has partnered with SMU for International and Domestic wire payments. Flywire is also available for international wire payments. Make Payment to the student account by selecting the Link in SMUpay and completing the process. Save on bank fees and exchange rates. You can make international wire payments to the student account by selecting the link in SMUpay and completing the process. Provide current Student ID for payment to be applied correctly. Payments need to be paid far enough in advance in order to be posted to your account by the payment due date.

529 COLLEGE SAVINGS PLAN AND STATE PREPAID COLLEGE PLANS

Many states and financial institutions offer college savings programs that enable families to save money for a child’s college education. Each state and financial institution has separate rules and regulations that govern how funds may be used and how they are sent to SMU. Please contact your provider to determine how and when to request release of funds, as well what documents you will need to support your request.

Payments should be mailed to:

Southern Methodist University
Office of the University Bursar
P.O. Box 750181
Dallas, TX 75275

Overnight/Courier:

Southern Methodist University
Office of the University Bursar
6185 Airline Rd., Room 300
Dallas, TX 75205

IMPORTANT: Providers must include the student’s name and SMU ID number to ensure timely processing. Please allow up to ten (10) business days from the date that your provider sends payment for receipt and processing by SMU.

TUITION REFUND INSURANCE

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 and enhances 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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