If you are eligible for federal and/or institutional financial aid, you will receive a financial aid award letter from the financial aid office. Your award letter will list your financial aid for the appropriate terms (fall and spring, fall only, or spring only). Review this letter with your parents. You may also view and print a copy of a list of your awards by logging in on TheHub and clicking on the "My Financial Aid" link.
You may adjust your federal student loan amount on the award letter. You may also decline or adjust your work study award. Be aware that if you reduce or decline the recommended student loan, you will not be eligible for additional institutional or auxiliary institutional grant aid.
Be sure to review the assumed housing and meal plan used to calculate your award. There is a reduction in your financial aid budget if you do not purchase the full meal plan, resulting in a reduced Hampshire Grant. Please contact the financial aid office immediately if our assumption does not reflect your plans.
You need to sign the award letter and return it to the financial aid office promptly. We need your authorization to post your awards to your College bill, and to originate your federal aid. By signing the award letter you also acknowledge your responsibilities, the terms, and conditions of your awards as outlined below in the statement of award terms.
If we do not receive your signed award letter by early August (for fall term) or by early January (for spring term), you will have an e-check-in hold for the following term. We will release this hold after receiving a signed award letter from you.
If you are planning to be on field study or exchange, be sure to sign and return your award letter to the financial aid office before leaving the area or the country to avoid any delays in the processing of your aid.
You may request a second review of your financial aid application because of significant changes in your family's financial situation by completing a Financial Aid Appeal Worksheet. The information presented on this appeal should be new information or information that has changed significantly from your initial application. These circumstances may include a death of a parent, a parent's loss of employment, and extraordinary medical, special needs, or elder care expenses that were not included on the original application. Please contact the financial aid office to request this appeal form.
You may request a mid-year review of your financial aid application to indicate significant changes to your family's financial situation that occurred during the current year. This review process would happen in December or early January to determine if we can make a change to your Hampshire Grant for the spring term. For example, if you are enrolled for the 2015-2016 year, we are basing your financial aid on 2014 income. If your parent lost her or his job in May, 2015 you may request a mid-year review in December. You will explain to us how the lost of your parent's job impacted your family's resources for 2015. Based on the information you provide, we will determine if we can provide additional funding for the spring 2016 term.
By signing your financial aid letter you agree to the following responsibilities, terms, and conditions
If you have any questions or concerns about your financial aid letter, please call the financial aid office at 413.559.5484 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.