Hamilton is committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all accepted students through a combination of scholarship and self-help (loans and work-study). Families apply for financial aid each year so that changes in circumstances can be considered.
Hamilton is need-blind for first-year domestic applicants, meaning a U.S. student's financial need will not be a factor in the admission decision. The College is need-sensitive for all international applicants and transfers, but those who are accepted to Hamilton and qualify for financial aid will have their full demonstrated financial need met by the College.
If you are admitted to Hamilton under an Early Decision plan, the financial aid award you receive will be tentative based on the estimated data you provide. Final awards, which may differ from your tentative award, will be provided when the results of the FAFSA and other required documents are submitted to and reviewed by the Financial Aid Office. Since Hamilton meets 100 percent of demonstrated need, a student who applieds Early Decision will receive the same financial aid award that they would have received had they applied Regular Decision.
Early Decision Plan 1: Nov. 15
Early Decision Plan II: Jan. 1
Regular Decision: Feb. 15
Forms and Deadlines
Hamilton discontinued offering merit scholarships with the class that entered in the Fall of 2008 and will not match merit-based aid received at different institutions. In 2008 we decided that the primary focus and top priority of our financial aid program was to provide need-based aid. This decision allows us to continue honoring our long-standing commitment to meet the full demonstrated financial need of all students we admit as well as make Hamilton accessible to talented students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Most Hamilton students would qualify for merit scholarships at many other colleges. Students choose Hamilton because they recognize that an education here is well worth the investment. As a result, you'll be learning and living with other strong students who also appreciate the value of a Hamilton education and are committed to joining this enduring community of scholars.
If you are an international student, please refer to our International Students webpage for additional information about Hamilton's financial aid policies.
The cost of attending Hamilton College includes direct and estimated costs. These costs vary each academic year.
Direct costs are also known as “billable costs” or our “comprehensive fee”. The comprehensive fee is set by the Board of Trustees annually in the spring. These costs are the same for all Hamilton students when calculating financial aid, and include tuition, room, board, and a student activity fee. Students are charged these fees on their fall and spring semester bills.
Estimated costs are expenses incurred while attending Hamilton that are not directly charged by the college. These include books, supplies, travel, and other miscellaneous personal expenses. These costs are considered together with direct costs when calculating the financial need of families.
Please see our Tuition and Fees page for a breakdown of the various components of our comprehensive fee and estimated expenses.
The EFC is the calculated amount of money your family will contribute towards your annual college education costs. We use many different pieces of information to establish your EFC. Here is a quick summary of factors we do and do not consider when determining need-based aid (this list is merely a guideline, and is not all-inclusive):
Hamilton will not provide financial aid “pre-reads.” The best way to determine your estimated EFC is to use our net price calculator. Please keep in mind that the net price calculator will only be an estimate. If you have questions about the results you receive, you should contact the Financial Aid Office.
In order to gain an accurate estimate of what your expected family contribution might be at Hamilton, you need to collect some relevant financial information. At the very minimum, you will need:
Once you have determined your expected family contribution, using the net price calculator, we encourage you to visit our Forms and Deadlines page. This page will help you better understand the documents and deadlines required to apply for need-based financial aid at Hamilton College.