We encourage students to apply for financial aid at the same time they apply for admission to Hampshire College. Domestic applicants (U.S. citizens and permanent resident aliens) who do not apply for need-based aid at the time of admission must be prepared to pay for the first two semesters of enrollment. The earliest that we can accept a new application will be for the second year of enrollment (third semester). These domestic students may be eligible for federal aid during their first two semesters. International students who do not apply for aid at the time of admission cannot be considered for aid at a later time. Financial aid is not available for students who seek a second bachelor's degree.
Outside scholarships may provide funding that does not need to be re-paid. Learn more about outside scholarships.
|Admission Type||PROFILE and
|Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
|Early Decision I
|Nov. 15||March 1|
|Early Decision II
|Jan. 1||March 1|
|Dec. 1||March 1|
|Feb. 1||Feb. 1|
|March 15||March 15|
|First-Year and Transfer
|Nov. 1||Nov. 1|
* if applicable
All applicants (U.S. citizens and permanent resident aliens) who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the CSS Profile and the FAFSA. We use the Profile, along with the FAFSA, to determine institutional aid including the Hampshire Grant. We use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for various federal and state aid programs including federal student loans, federal and state grants, and federal work study.
It is important to use the same name and correct Social Security number on all application materials. The name used must match the name on the Social Security card. If the above forms are submitted with an incorrect Social Security number we will require a copy of your Social Security card.
You and your parents must complete all of the necessary forms. Remember that different forms are submitted to different places, and that you must allow for sufficient processing time to meet due dates. We strongly suggest that you keep a copy of everything you submit. Please put the student's name on the top of any documents you submit to our office.
Check the status of your financial aid application by logging onto Explore Hampshire using your user name and password as provided by email@example.com; click on the "My Financial Aid" link under the Financial Aid Checklist; log on again using the same user name and password. Here you are able to review what forms are required, which forms are missing, your aid award letter, and other important information about your aid application. Please allow a few days for the office to update your records after you submit a required document during our busiest processing time: December through March.
In addition to the Profile and FAFSA, you may be asked to provide supplemental documents such as a high school diploma equivalent, proof of citizenship, copy of your Social Security card, copies of your or your parents' W-2 forms, specific schedules from your or your parents' federal income tax return, and certain documents and data if your FAFSA was selected for the verification process. If we require additional documents your "My Financial Aid" account will list them so check your account periodically to make sure your aid application remains complete.
If your aid application was completed by the appropriate due date, you will receive your financial aid award letter with your admission acceptance mailing. Review the aid information carefully and thoroughly. You will need to accept your awards, including your federal student loans. To accept your aid awards log onto your "My Financial Aid" account, click on the My Award Letter tab, and accept, or decline, each individual award. Review more information about your award letter. If you are an international applicant the process to accept your awards is different; please refer to the International Student page for your instructions. If your aid application is incomplete at the time your admissions acceptance letter is being sent, you will receive an incomplete letter reminding you of the missing items for your aid application. We will review your aid application after it becomes complete. You will then receive a financial aid award letter from us.
We are here to help you. If you have any questions about the financial aid application process or about your financial aid awards, please contact the financial aid office. Call us at 413.559.5484 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.