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International Students

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An international student is defined as one who is not a citizen or permanent resident alien of the United States. Hampshire College offers a limited amount of financial aid (grant) assistance to international students who demonstrate financial need. While the competition for international grants is strong, Hampshire is committed to maintaining and expanding its global campus community.

This grant is renewable for a maximum of eight semesters, provided the student is enrolled and is making satisfactory academic progress. The amount of grant aid cannot be increased in renewal years. These grants can cover up to the cost of tuition. Students who receive grant assistance are responsible for any remaining cost of tuition, as well as the cost of room, board, and other expenses.

We encourage students to apply for financial aid at the same time they apply for admission to Hampshire College.  Financial assistance is not available to international students who did not receive aid upon admittance. Financial aid is not available for students who seek a second bachelor's degree.

Consider applying for an outside scholarship. Learn more about outside scholarships.

Steps to Applying for Financial Aid

1. Apply by the appropriate due date:

Application Type PROFILE and
NonCustodial PROFILE*
Early Decision I
(Fall 2016)
 Nov. 15  
Early Decision II
(Fall 2016)
 Jan. 1  
Early Action
(Fall 2016)
 Dec. 1  
Regular Decision
(Fall 2016)
 Feb. 1  
Transfer Students
(Fall 2016)
 March 1  
First Year and Transfer
(Spring 2016)
 Nov. 1  

* if applicable

2. Submit the CSS Profile:

All international applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the CSS Profile, and, if applicable, the Non-custodial Profile by the due dates listed above.

  • CSS Profile
    We use the CSS Profile to help determine your eligibility for our institutional student aid funds. Complete the CSS Profile application online, using estimates if necessary, by the due dates listed above. If your biological or adoptive parents are not together the parent, with whom you reside or provides more financial support, complete the Profile.  The other parent will need to complete the Non-custodial Profile; see below. You will receive an acknowledgement when the Profile has been submitted. Click here for more information about the Profile.
  • Non-custodial Profile
    This application is required ONLY if your biological or adoptive parents are separated, divorced, or never married and not living together. If applicable, both the CSS Profile (completed by the student and the custodial parent) and the Non-custodial Profile (completed by the non-custodial parent) are required to complete your financial aid application. The Non-custodial Profile is available online using the password obtained by the student after registering for the Profile. The non-custodial parent should complete this form online as soon as possible, using estimates if necessary. 

3. Make sure you haven't missed anything:

You may check the status of your financial aid application and forms needed to complete it by logging onto Explore Hampshire, using your user name and password as provided by; 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.

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.

4. Notification of your awards:

You will receive your financial aid award letter with your admission acceptance mailing. Review the aid information carefully and thoroughly with your parents. To accept your award you and a parent must sign the award letter and return it to us. By signing the award letter you and your parent are agreeing to the responsibilities, terms, and conditions of your financial aid awards.  Review more information about your award letter.

5. Contact the financial aid office with any questions:

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

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Amherst, MA 01002
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