During their Baldwin Scholar year, students do not receive need-based financial aid as the program covers all costs including tuition and fees, as well as an allowance for books and a small travel allowance.
All Baldwin Scholar applicants must submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 1. This helps ensure students meet financial eligibility for the program and gives Hampshire the ability to offer need-based financial aid to students who are not admitted to the Baldwin Program but are admitted in the Regular Decision pool.
Students admitted as Regular Decision will also need to submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (and Noncustodial PROFILE, if applicable) through the College Board to qualify for need-based financial aid. To be eligible for aid, you must apply for financial aid at the same time that you apply for admission and provide all of the application materials by the deadline to be considered for an award.
Hampshire's financial aid program is designed to supplement the family's contribution toward the costs of a Hampshire education.
Aid awards are packaged to include
- a work-study opportunity
- a student loan
- grant assistance
Financial aid awards are renewable each year you are enrolled as long as you continue to demonstrate need and are making satisfactory progress.
You have to reapply for aid each year; if your family's financial situation remains the same, you can expect a similar award annually. Each year we will also reevaluate the amount you are asked to contribute from your income and through loans and on-campus employment. This self-help portion of your award will increase each year.
Students Without a High School Diploma
Federal regulations require students to possess a high school diploma, or its equivalent, to be eligible for financial aid. Hampshire College follows the same policy with regard to aid eligibility. The equivalents to a high school diploma are:
- a GED; or
- a state-issued certificate of completion of a homeschool program. If a state-issued credential is not available, we would need a document that certifies that the student's homeschool program qualified as an exemption from their state's compulsory attendance requirement for the time the student would have attended high school. This may be a letter certifying the exemption written by the superintendent of schools from the student's local public school district. The state-issued credential or the school district superintendent's letter must be sent directly to the financial aid office for review.