Did you know that 91% of Hampshire College students receive financial aid? We are committed to making Hampshire affordable for your family. The average need-based grant last year was $35,941.
EFFECTIVE MARCH 15, 2017: The Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) for the FAFSA, on the 2016-17 and 2017-18 FAFSA forms, is not working. We are not sure how long this feature will be out of service, but the U.S. Department of Education and the IRS are working on the issue. You may continue to complete a FAFSA during this time. If you are submitting a FAFSA for either year, please use actual income and tax data from your or your parents' 2015 federal income tax returns.
Early FAFSA for 2017-18:
Who We Are:
Welcome to Hampshire College's financial aid office. It is the responsibility of this office to review all application materials to determine eligibility for financial assistance; prepare appropriate award packages; provide counseling regarding student and parent loans; oversee student employment; and coordinate financial aid with student accounts. Please visit the student accounts office website for information related to student billing.
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.
Our office is located on the second floor of the R.W. Kern Center. We are open to visitors and phone calls Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern). We will be closed from 12 noon on Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 24.
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Our phone number is 413.559.5484. Our fax number is 413.559.5585.
If you need to mail us documents, please address them to Financial Aid Office, Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002-3359. Please be sure that the student's name, College ID number, or Social Security number appears on all forms.
Check Your Online Financial Aid Account:
- Continuing students: Review your financial aid application status by logging onto TheHub and clicking on the "My Financial Aid" link. Here you are able to see any missing documents, your award letter, and your accumulated federal loan debt. You need to accept your financial aid awards here. You may also check to see if and when your aid has been disbursed to your bill.
- New student applicants: Review your financial aid application status 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 see any missing documents to complete your aid application, your financial aid awards, and any special messages concerning your aid. You also accept or decline your financial aid awards here.
- New students should NOT complete the required tax forms before they come to campus. These are date-sensitive forms and cannot be accepted if dated prior to your arrival to campus. You will meet with student employment staff during the orientation period to complete the various forms.
Apply for a FSA ID:
- Beginning on May 10, 2015, the FSA ID replaced the former federal PIN number used by students and parents to sign the FAFSA form, complete loan counseling, and sign promissory notes. All students (not including international students) and at least one parent listed on the student's FAFSA need a FSA ID for the financial aid application.
- Learn more and apply for the FSA ID.
- Watch a YouTube video on how to create a FSA ID.
- Be sure to record your FSA ID and keep it in a secure place. Keep your responses to the security questions in case your FSA ID is locked or becomes invalid. Never give your FSA ID to anyone.
- You will need to provide an email address for your FSA ID. Your parents' FSA ID application cannot include the same email address provided on your FSA ID application.
For Prospective Students:
- Applying for Financial Aid
- EFFECTIVE MARCH 15, 2017: The Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) for the FAFSA for the 2017-18 FAFSA is not working. We are not sure how long this feature will be out of service, but the U.S. Department of Education and the IRS are working on the issue. You may continue to complete a FAFSA during this time. If you are submitting a 2017-18 FAFSA please use actual income and tax data from your or your parents' 2015 federal income tax returns.
For New Fall 2017 Students with Financial Aid:
For Currently Enrolled or On Leave Students:
Note: The due date for renewal applications for the fall 2017 term is May 1, 2017. The 2017-18 FAFSA and Profile forms are available to complete beginning October 1, 2016. International students do not apply after their first year.
IMPORTANT: We always suggest that students complete their aid application early, and for the 2017-18 year we again encourage you to complete your 2017-18 financial aid application early. But if you received a Federal Pell Grant for the 2016-17 year we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to complete your 2017-18 FAFSA as soon as you can. You may be subject to new federal aid restrictions if your 2016-17 and 2017-18 FAFSA reports have conflicting information. The sooner you complete the FAFSA, the sooner we may be able to resolve any issues.
The due date for renewal applications for students returning from a leave of absence for spring 2018 is December 1, 2017.
Work Study Information:
- Student employment intranet site (requires login); visit to learn how to apply for on- and off-campus jobs, learn how to get paid available positions, etc.
- New students should NOT complete the required tax forms before they come to campus. These are date-sensitive forms and cannot be accepted if dated prior to your arrival on campus. You will meet with student employment staff during the orientation period to complete the various forms.
Note: This information is for those students who are selected for the FAFSA verification process.