Financial Aid


Office of Financial Aid
315-859-4962 (fax)

First-Year Students

Receiving Your Financial AidAccepting Your Financial Aid

Accepting Your Scholarship and Work-Study

Students who enroll at Hamilton are assumed to have accepted their Hamilton scholarship and work-study aid.

If you are a resident of New York State who is eligible for the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), you need to complete an online scholarship form.

Accepting Your Loans

Federal Direct Loan

Students who are receiving a Federal Direct Loan through the U.S. Department of Education must complete a one-time “Master Promissory Note” (MPN) and “Entrance Counseling” session. Students receiving a Federal Direct Loan must also complete and return their personalized loan form to the Financial Aid Office.

Federal Perkins Loan

Students who are receiving a Federal Perkins Loan must also complete a one-time "Master Promissory Note" (MPN) and "Entrance Counseling" session. All students receiving a Federal Perkins Loan must complete a disclosure statement at the beginning of each semester. Contact the Student Accounts Office at Hamilton to sign the MPN and disclosure statement.

Verification by the U.S. Department of Education

Some students may be notified via their financial aid checklist on My Hamilton that they have been selected at random for verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Instructions can be accessed directly from the checklist, and the verification should be completed as soon as possible.

Other Scholarships

By completing the FAFSA, you will automatically be considered for a Federal Pell Grant.

State tuition aid programs may use the FAFSA, the PROFILE, or other applications to award their grants and scholarships. Students are also encouraged to seek local and national awards for which you may be eligible. To find listings of potential scholarships, visit the following websites: FastWeb and College Board.

Federal regulations require you to notify the Financial Aid Office if you receive outside scholarships. Outside scholarships will be applied first to reduce your self-help (work-study, then loan) portion of the financial aid package. The remainder of your outside award may reduce your Hamilton College Scholarship.


Other Financing Options

To help meet your expected family contribution there are parent loans, payment plans, and other financing options available for your consideration.