Initial deadline for SMU J Term 2013 is Wednesday, Nov. 21

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Initial deadline for SMU J Term 2013 is Wednesday, Nov. 21

SMU J Term 2013 logoApplication deadlines for SMU’s 2013 J Term are coming up fast. The initial course selection deadline for J Term courses is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, the day before Thanksgiving.

Late applications will be considered after the initial deadline but are subject to availability of class space. Forty different courses have been scheduled for the 2013 session, which takes place Jan. 7-16 at the SMU-in-Plano campus.

> Visit the SMU J Term course registration page

The courses qualify under the SMU Tuition Benefits Program for eligible University faculty, staff and dependents. Submit a tuition benefits application through Access.SMU’s Benefits > Tuition Benefits link as soon as a successful J Term course enrollment is complete.

Learn more about SMU’s Tuition Benefits Program

A limited number of tuition assistance scholarships are available to full-time SMU undergraduate students attending an SMU J Term course. The J Term Scholars Award can be combined with other J Term financial aid, not to exceed the cost of tuition. Interested students must send applications for the J Term Scholars Award to the SMU Financial Aid Office, 119 Blanton, by Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.

Download the SMU J Term Scholars Award 2012-13 application (PDF format)

Assistance is awarded at the discretion of the SMU J Term Tuition Scholarship Committee, and the scholarship can only be applied towards the cost of tuition. Those receiving staff or dependent benefits through SMU are not eligible for the J Term Scholars award. The scholarship is not applicable to the Meadows New York Colloquium.

The J Term (short for January Term) allows students to complete one three-credit-hour course at a discounted tuition rate before the start of the spring semester. For J Term 2013, regular undergraduate students will pay a reduced tuition rate of $1,100 per credit hour ($3,300 per course), the same rate offered during the SMU 2012 Summer School program. Parking is free on the SMU-in-Plano campus, and no decal is required.

This year’s offerings include courses from the Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts, and Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Find a complete list of 2013 J Term courses

J Term courses are not available for registration through Access.SMU. To enroll, students should meet with an adviser to select appropriate courses and to apply online or complete a J Term application form (PDF format).

Application forms may be submitted to the University Registrar Service Center on the first floor of the Blanton Student Services Building, or to the Taos/J Term office in 338 Blanton. They may also be faxed to 972-473-3433 or sent by e-mail to jterm@smu.edu.

Visit smu.edu/jterm online

November 12, 2012|News, Save the Date|

SMU students stand up for Texas Tuition Equalization Grants

Save TEG table in Hughes-Trigg Student CenterSMU students who receive Texas state tuition assistance are speaking up against proposed budget cuts that could jeopardize the grant program that provides the funds.

The Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) program provides financial aid to students attending 42 private Texas colleges and universities. It awards grants averaging $3,400 to about 28,000 Texans with financial need each year, nearly half of whom are minorities.

The TEG program faces cuts of more than 40 percent; the proposed budget cuts would eliminate about 10,000 students from the grant program. More than 1,500 SMU students received the grant for the 2010-11 academic year.

Vice President for Student Affairs Lori White encouraged the University’s TEG recipients “to contact your Texas legislators and express your opinion about this issue” in an e-mail sent earlier this week.

A group of students met with state legislators at the Texas Capitol on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 to express their support for the TEG program. They included senior and student body president Jake Torres; seniors Laura Baez, Daniela Balderas and Brian Quarles; junior Bethany Mackingtee; sophomore Erin Hoya; and first-year Ryan Swick. Fernando Salazar, coordinator of Latina/o Student Services in Student Activities & Multicultural Student Affairs, joined them on the trip.

“This was an opportunity to make our voices heard,” Torres said. “We were able to emphasize the importance of these grants to the SMU community and to Texas.”

Students are gathering in support of the TEG program in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons through 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 9. The students will have postcards and addresses to allow fellow TEG recipients to write to their representatives in the Texas Legislature.

(Above, SMU students and staff members at the Save TEG table in Hughes-Trigg Student Center include Gordon Brannon, Financial Aid; Fernando Salazar, SAMSA; senior Jake Torres, student body president; and junior Bethany Mackingtee. Photo by Isaac Cotherman.)

> Learn more from SMU News
> Read the students’ letter to the editor of The Dallas Morning News
> Read the students’ op-ed in The Austin American-Statesman
> Find coverage of the students’ Austin trip in the DMN’s Politics section
> More about SMU and TEG from the DMN Trailblazers blog
> Read and listen to coverage from KERA Public Radio audio

March 9, 2011|News|

SMU shifts to Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

As of June 14, 2010, SMU joined thousands of other U.S. higher education institutions in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. As a result, all SMU students with federal Stafford, Grad PLUS and Parent PLUS loans will borrow their funds from one lender, the U.S. Department of Education, rather than a bank or other lending institution.

The change was mandated by the recently passed Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act that terminates the Federal Family Education Loan Program as of July 1, 2010.

SMU’s Office of Financial Aid will keep the campus community informed of important updates and instructions through SMU e-mail. Students will be contacted by e-mail to inform them of any necessary steps to complete to ensure timely processing of their direct loans.

For more information, contact Enrollment Services, 214-768-3417.

> Learn more about the direct loan program

June 21, 2010|News|
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