Consumer Information and School Reports
Colleges are required to provide various disclosures, information, and reports to current and prospective employees and to current and prospective students.
Hampshire College is accredited to award the Bachelor of Arts degree by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE). Membership in the association indicates that the institution has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators.
A copy of the documents describing the school's accreditation, approval, or licensing may be viewed by contacting the secretary of the College, Office of the President, by phone at 413.559.5521 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complaints may be filed with NECHE by writing or calling:
New England Commission on Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803
Public Safety Information
If you have any questions about campus security policies, the campus crime log, fire safety standards and practices, and missing student notifications, please contact the deputy chief by phone at 413.559.5424.
If you have any questions about FERPA, please contact the director of central records by phone at 413.559.5421 or by email at email@example.com.
If you have any questions about the available services, please contact the director of accessibility resources and services by phone at 413.559.5498 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This form indicates which vaccinations are required for Hampshire students. If you have any questions about the vaccination policy, please contact the director of health and counseling services by phone at 413.559.5458 or by email at email@example.com.
Student Life Information
If you have any questions about student life, please contact the dean of faculty by phone at 413.559.5378 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Programs and Policies
If you have any questions about our academic programs and policies, please contact the dean of faculty by phone at 413.559.5378 or by email at email@example.com, or refer to the corresponding contact information listed for each topic below in this section.
Diversity of student body, retention, completion, graduation, and loan default rates
Visit the College Navigator website and type Hampshire College in the Name of School text box in the top left corner. The financial aid, enrollment, and admissions tabs will give you information about the diversity of the student body (including gender, race, and Pell recipients), retention rates, completion and graduation rates, and loan default rates. If you have questions related to these topics, please contact the assistant director of institutional research by phone at 413.559.5890 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org OR the dean of enrollment and retention by phone at 413.559.5471 or by email at email@example.com. Questions about the loan default rate should be directed to the director of financial aid by calling 413.559.5484 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. View a summary of these statistics.
Placement and Post-Graduate Study
Review our Success after Hampshire facts and Outcomes of our Recent Graduates. For more information about placement and post-graduate study of our students please contact the director of the career options resource center by calling 413.559.5445 or by email at email@example.com.
Financial Assistance Information
CARES Act Funding Spring 2020
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting — Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students — Posted July 8, 2020
If you have any questions related to the application for these funds through the U.S. Department of Education, please contact the Vice President of Finance & Administration and Treasurer at 413.559.5528 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions related to the disbursement of funds, please contact the Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students at 413.559.5412 or via email at email@example.com. For questions related to the determination of eligible students, please contact the senior associate director of financial aid by phone at 413.559.5484 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), directs institutions receiving funds to submit a report to the Secretary of Education describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”).
- Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance include, but are not limited to, food, housing, moving and storage, course materials, technology for online classes, health care, dependent care and transportation.
- On April 9, 2020, the Department published documents related to the Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including a letter from Secretary Betsy DeVos, a Certification and Agreement form for signing and returning by institutions to access the funds, and a list of institutional allocations under 18004(a)(1).
- On April 10, 2020, Hampshire College signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement, and the assurance that Hampshire College intends to use no less than 50 percent of the total funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- On April 17, 2020, Hampshire College made a Student Emergency Fund Application available to students. The College established this Student Emergency Fund for current students who are struggling with unexpected financial expenses or hardship brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting transition to remote learning. Hampshire designed the fund to provide students in these circumstances with temporary short-term financial assistance, utilizing emergency aid that the College received from the federal government’s CARES Act.
- Hampshire’s Student Emergency Fund is overseen by the Division of Student Affairs. Under that Division’s direction, students then completed the Hampshire Qualtrics Application for Student Emergency Funds certifying that the request is for expenses related to Covid-19 impacts.
- On April 28, 2020, Hampshire College received authorization for $599,600 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This represented funds to be distributed entirely to students.
- On May 12, 2020, Hampshire College received authorization for $599,599 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This represented the Institution’s funds.
- The financial aid office at Hampshire College determined 521 students were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- As of July 8, 2020, $338,337 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants has been distributed to 243 Hampshire College students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
If you have any questions about our financial aid procedures and policies, please contact the director of financial aid by phone at 413.559.5484 or by email at email@example.com.
- Financial Aid Contact Information: Please contact these financial aid office staff if you have any questions related to general financial aid and your financial aid application. You may contact the financial aid office at 413.559.5484, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the financial aid website.
- Hampshire College is a member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and we adhere to the association's ethics and values including their Statement of Ethical Principles and their Code of Conduct.
- Financial Literacy Money Bytes is our financial literacy education resource for Hampshire students and their parents. On this site, we present many timely financial topics, along with related web sites, and interactive exercises, all to educate and inform. We want to be sure that our students have relevant information they need to build money skills now to enjoy financial well being in the future.
- Student Eligibility Requirements
- Penalties for Drug Violations: Students who have drug violations while receiving federal aid may lose their eligibility for federal aid. The student must report this on their FAFSA, complete the Drug Violation Worksheet to see if they are no longer eligible for federal aid, and then determine how to regain eligibility for federal aid. Review the associated web link in this paragraph to learn more.
- Satisfactory Academic Progress and Financial Aid: If you fail to maintain satisfactory progress, you may re-establish eligibility for financial aid by appealing through the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA). You work with an advising dean to develop an approved academic plan that will allow you to meet the standards by the end of the following term. You notify the financial aid office that you accept and understand the terms of the academic plan. At that point, you will be eligible for financial aid for the following term. Your progress will be re-evaluated again at the end of each term until the standards have been met.
- Procedures and Forms Required for New Students Applying for Aid
- Procedures and Forms Required for Current Students Applying for Aid
- Requirements for Continued Student Eligibility for Sources of Aid: All of these sources of aid, including merit scholarships, require that the student maintain satisfactory academic progress. All federal and institutional sources of aid (not including merit scholarships) require the FAFSA and CSS Profile forms, which are part of the annual financial aid application. Students are sent email reminders about missing application forms and/or data until the application is complete. Students receive an award notification for eligible awards.
- Terms and Conditions: A list of the responsibilities, terms, and conditions for financial aid recipients. A copy of these is included with the Financial Aid Award Letter or electronic award notification.
- State Grant Information
- Pell-eligible students obtaining or purchasing required books: We disburse Pell Grants at the beginning of each semester so the funds will be applied to one's bill within the first week of school. This early disbursement will assist students who are expecting a refund from the College and need the funds to purchase required books and supplies. Students need to ensure that they accept their financial aid awards and check in for the semester. Failure to do these steps will delay the processing of their Pell Grant. Students may also charge supplies sold at the HampStore and books sold at Amherst Books to their student bill.
- Verification Deadlines: September 1 for those returning or entering for fall term, and January 15 for those returning or entering for spring term. These are our institutional deadlines to submit the documentation to complete the verification process. These dates apply to campus-based aid programs, including Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Perkins Loans, and Direct Subsidized Loans. A Pell Grant applicant selected for verification must complete the process by the deadline published in the Federal Register or 120 days after the last day of the student's enrollment, whichever is earlier.
- Federal Aid Eligibility for Study Abroad: Hampshire College students on exchange or on field study are enrolled as full-time students during that semester. This makes them eligible for federal student aid. Review our Aid Policies page; scroll down to the Study Abroad section. For information about our Exchange programs and ideas for international field study experiences, please visit the global education office page.
- Withdrawal Procedures, Refunds, and Return of Title IV Aid: Students who plan to withdraw or take a leave of absence from Hampshire College need to contact CASA for voluntary withdrawals and the Health and Counseling Services office for medical withdrawals. Based on the time of one's departure from campus the student's refund will be determined by a schedule managed by the student accounts office. Financial aid will also need to be re-calculated based on the federal return of aid formula; review our Aid Policies page, scroll down to the Return of Title IV Funds section. Additional information about the Return of Title IV funds is available. CASA may be contacted by phone at 413.559.5498 or by email at email@example.com; the health and counseling services office may be contacted by phone at 413.559.5458 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; and the student accounts office may be contacted by phone at 413.559.6982 or by email at email@example.com.
- Net Price Calculator: Use this calculator to receive an estimate of your cost to attend Hampshire College.
- Cost of Attendance including estimates of necessary books, supplies, and travel costs.
- Student Employment including general conditions and terms.
- Code of Conduct: All Hampshire College financial aid officers adhere to this code of conduct related to private student loans.
- Financial Aid Disbursements: Financial aid awards are disbursed onto student bills in two disbursements, one for each semester. Financial aid awards cannot be credited to student bills until ten days before the first day of each semester.
- Constitution Day a/k/a Citizenship Day: Educational institutions receiving federal funds need to implement educational programs related to the U.S. Constitution on September 17 of each year. This date was chosen because on September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the U.S. Constitution and present it to the American public. Contact the financial aid office to inquire about the educational program planned for the next Constitution Day, also known as Citizenship Day. If September 17 falls on a weekend the Constitution Day program will be held on the Friday before the weekend.
If you have any questions about loans and financing options, please contact the assistant director of financial aid by phone at 413.559.5484 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Entrance Loan Counseling: The financial aid office sends emails regarding entrance loan counseling to all new loan borrowers including where to go, how to complete, and where to go to find more information regarding their loans. Students are also encouraged to review the financial literacy e-tutorials offered on Hampshire's website.
- Exit Loan Counseling: The financial aid office meets with graduating and withdrawing students to review prepared packets of individual exit counseling and loan repayment information and other information about their loans. Packets are mailed to students do not attend an exit counseling session.
- Terms of Loan Received by a Student: Students learn about their loan during entrance loan counseling and when completing the Master Promissory Note. This information is also available online. Students may also contact their loan servicer or the Hampshire College financial aid office for information about their loans.
- Terms and Conditions of Direct Loans: Your Master Promissory Note (MPN) and your Loan Disclosure Statement will provide you with the terms and conditions of your Direct loan. Hampshire will notify you how to complete the MPN. The MPN is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loan and any accrued interest and fees to your lender. It explains the terms and conditions of your loan, for example, the loan repayment requirements, and the types of deferment and cancellation provisions available to you. The MPN also explains your rights and responsibilities as a loan borrower. After your loan is originated through the U.S. Department of Education, you will receive your Loan Disclosure Statement, which gives you specific information about that loan, including the loan amount, loan fees, and the expected disbursement dates and amounts. This information is also available online.
- Terms and Conditions of Perkins Loans: Your promissory note will disclose various terms and conditions of your Perkins Loan including your rights and responsibilities as a federal loan borrower, the amount you are borrowing, the interest rate, when repayment would begin, and possible loan discharge. More information is available online.
- Repayment plan options: An explanation of the various repayment plans available for Direct loans. Students will receive personalized information during an exit loan counseling session including the amount of total debt, when payment begins, what plans are available, etc.
- Sample of monthly payments for the available repayment plans. Use the interactive calculator to determine your individual loan payments.
- National Student Loan Data Systems (NSLDS): We make it known to federal loan borrowers that they can find their loan information at this website. Loan information is required to be submitted to NSLDS, and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and schools determined to be authorized of this data system.
- Consequences of Loan Default
- Tips to Prevent Loan Default
- SFA Ombudsperson's Office
- Self-Certification Form for Private Education Loans
- Student Loan Default Rate: Visit the College Navigator website; type "Hampshire College" in the Name of School text box in the top left corner. Cohort default rates will show the percentage of students who are in default on their federal student loans.
- Disclosures Required for Private Education Loans: Hampshire College does not list any specific private education loans on our website. If you are interested in learning more about private education loans, please begin with our "tips to borrowing a private education loan."