Federal Pell Grants
These are federal grants available to students with relatively high levels of demonstrated need who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Need is determined by the Department of Education using the federal methodology; this formula is applied uniformly to all applicants. The current maximum annual Pell Grant is $5,730. Students may receive a Pell Grant up to a maximum of 12 semesters, which can be utilized at Hampshire even if no other aid is received. Students must apply directly to the Federal Pell Grant Program using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They will receive direct notification of their eligibility on a form called a Student Aid Report (SAR).
If a student has already received an award package from Hampshire and later receives a Federal Pell Grant, the Hampshire grant will be reduced by the amount of the Federal Pell Grant.
Several states provide grant funds that can be utilized at Hampshire. The amounts of these awards vary depending upon the state, and range from $300 to $1,700. Students must apply directly to their state programs using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Most states use the federal methodology to determine eligibility. If a student is eligible, the grant will be credited to his or her Hampshire account when the College receives the funds. If a student has already received an aid package from Hampshire and later receives a state grant, the Hampshire grant will be reduced by the amount of the state grant.
States that allow their grants to be used at Hampshire are Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
These are federal grants allocated directly to colleges and universities to be distributed to eligible students. Priority is given to students with exceptional need and who qualify for a Federal Pell Grant. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) serves as the application for this program. Awards are up to $2,000 per year and are credited directly to the student's Hampshire account. If a student has already received an award package from Hampshire and later receives a SEOG Grant, the Hampshire grant will be reduced by the amount of the SEOG Grant.
Hampshire College grants are funded out of Hampshire's general revenue and by private gifts designated for financial aid. We use the PROFILE and Noncustodial PROFILE (if applicable) along with the FAFSA to determine eligibility for this program. These grants are provided after self-help (loan and work) and after all of the funds from the programs listed above have been applied. Hampshire grants are credited directly to the student's account.
Hampshire College receives funds from alumni, Hampshire families, and other individuals as well as from foundations and organizations to support its need-based grant program. There is no separate application for these funds. The financial aid office determines the recipients according to the donors' criteria, and those students receive endowed scholarships as part of their regular Hampshire grant awards. If a student has already received an award package from Hampshire and later receives an endowed scholarship, the Hampshire grant will be reduced by the amount of the endowed scholarship.
Many private and civic organizations offer scholarships for a particular field of study or to students of a certain nationality, minority, or ethnic group. In addition, corporate employers frequently offer grants to dependents of employees. These scholarships are usually awarded to students as they are graduating from high school and going to college rather than to someone already enrolled in college. Information on these and other scholarships should be reviewed for eligibility requirements. Software programs and resource books are usually available in local libraries and may be helpful to families researching this type of funding. Visit our Scholarship Search section for advice on applying for scholarships and a list of online search sites.
In order to provide an incentive for students to seek and obtain scholarships from outside sources, Hampshire allows students to reduce or replace the loan and work portions of their award before reducing the Hampshire grant when they secure private scholarship funds. Please note that students who decline the recommended student loan are not eligible for additional institutional or auxiliary institutional grant aid including, but not limited to, the Music Grant and the Div III Grant.
A parent tuition benefit payment will reduce the amount of the Hampshire Grant by the amount of the tuition benefit.
Students who have served in the military may be eligible for benefits under the G.I. Bill. Benefits may also be available to dependents of some deceased or permanently disabled veterans, if the death or disablement is service-related. Students can obtain more information from their local or regional veterans administration office. Hampshire College must certify a student's academic status before a student can receive any benefits. If a student receives a Hampshire award package and later receives VA benefits, the Hampshire grant is reduced by the amount of the VA educational benefit.
NOTE: Awards from outside agencies are not credited to the student's Hampshire account until the College receives the funds. The account will be credited when the College receives the award. Payments are not applied to the account until 10 days prior to the first day of classes.