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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 may cover up to 75% of 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.

International students, who receive Hampshire aid, and who change their citizenship status to either a permanent resident or U.S. citizen during their time at Hampshire, must complete the applicable CSS Profile and FAFSA application for their next year's aid application. Please view more information about the aid application process for permanent residents and U.S. citizens.

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
(Fall 2021)
November 16
Early Action
(Fall 2021)
December 1
Early Decision 2
(Fall 2021)
January 4
Regular Decision
(Fall 2021)
January 15
Transfer Students
(Fall 2021)
March 15
Spring 2021 November 2

* 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.

If you are applying for the 2021-2022 academic year, you must complete and submit the 2021-2022 Profile and Non-custodial Profile, if applicable, by the due dates listed above.

If you are applying for the Spring 2021 semester, you must complete and submit the 2020-2021 Profile and Non-custodial Profile, if applicable, by November 1.

  • 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, completes 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. 

Please note that Hampshire College is not able to waive the CSS Profile processing fee.  International students are not required to provide the CSS Profile for future years.  You will need to pay the processing fee for only one year. 

3. Make sure you haven't missed anything:

Our applicant portal requires you to have applied for admission before an an account is created. You will receive a username and password usually within 24 hours depending on when the application is submitted. Please contact the IT help desk at if you have problems or questions about your Hampshire portal account.

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