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Financial Aid

Applicants & Prospective Students

This section is for prospective students applying for admission. If you are a current Ada Comstock Scholar, please go to the Student Financial Services website for financial aid deadlines and policies.

Smith College seeks to provide educational opportunity for qualified students, knowing that many of you will require financial assistance. Our need-based aid program begins with a consistent, yet personalized, assessment of each applicant's ability to pay for college expenses. Smith meets the full documented need, as determined by college policy, of all admitted students who apply for aid by the published deadlines.

Eligibility

Part-time Ada Comstock Scholars enrolled in fewer than 8 credits per semester are not eligible for institutional aid.


Net Price Calculator

Please visit our Net Price Calculator to give you an early indication of the type of financial aid for which you may qualify.


When To Apply for Aid

Do not wait until you have been accepted to Smith to apply for aid. If you may need institutional financial assistance during your tenure at Smith, apply for aid by the financial aid deadlines.


Applying for Aid After Deadlines

Ada Comstock Scholars who do not apply for financial aid by the published financial aid deadlines will be required to complete 32 credits at Smith before you are eligible to apply for institutional financial aid. This means that you would be eligible to receive only federal, state, and outside aid; no Smith Grant aid would be available until these credits are completed at Smith.

International Students

International Ada Comstock Scholars who do not apply for aid prior to admission are not eligible to receive institutional aid at any time.


How We Determine Need

Financial aid for Ada Comstock Scholars is need-based and is based on the premise that students pay for the cost of education to the extent that they are able, as calculated by a national formula and institutional policy, and that financial aid serves to supplement this effort.


Allowance for Others in College

The fees of undergraduate institutions attended by siblings of traditional students or children of Ada Comstock Scholars are considered in our aid calculations. The enrollment status of each person is verified in the fall. A change in institution or enrollment status may affect your grant aid. For future planning, contact us for the allowance amount used this year.


Declining Aid

We assume all awards are accepted as offered unless we receive notification otherwise in writing. You may decrease or decline the loan (or any other part of the award) by sending an email to loanhelp@smith.edu or noting your decision on your financial aid award letter and returning it to the Office of Student Financial Services. Be sure to keep a copy for your records.