Students must complete several additional steps to accept their loans. Please continue to review your personalized My Hamilton checklist and our Forms and Deadlines page for these items.
Some students may be notified via their financial aid checklist on their online My Hamilton website that they have been selected at random for verification by the US Department of Education. Instructions can be accessed directly from the checklist, and the verification should be completed as soon as possible.
Students who are receiving a Federal Direct Loan through the US Department of Education for the first time must complete a one-time “Master Promissory Note” (MPN) and “Entrance Counseling” session. All students (first-time borrowers and renewals) receiving a Federal Direct Loan must also complete and return their personalized loan form to the Financial Aid Office.
Students who are receiving a Federal Perkins Loan for the first time must complete a one-time "Master Promissory Note" (MPN) and "Entrance Counseling" session. All students (first-time borrowers and renewals) receiving a Federal Perkins Loan must also complete a disclosure statement at the beginning of each semester. Contact the Student Accounts Office at Hamilton to sign the MPN and disclosure statement.
By completing the FAFSA, you will automatically be considered for a Federal Pell Grant. Other state tuition aid programs may use the FAFSA 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. Visit websites like finaid.org, fastweb.com, or college.gov to find listings of potential scholarships.
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.