Financial Aid


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

Types of Financial Aid


Scholarships and grants represent money that does not need to be repaid and account for approximately 87% of all financial aid packages.  All Hamilton scholarships are need-based and awarded based on an annual review of your financial aid application materials.  The average Hamilton scholarship for 2014-15 academic year was $37,500.

Need-Based Scholarships/Grants

  • Hamilton Endowed Scholarships
    Hamilton Endowed Scholarships account for roughly 40% of the $36.6 million scholarship budget, representing gifts from alumni and friends of the college.  No separate application is required for consideration of endowed scholarship eligibility.
  • Federal Pell Grants
    Federal Pell Grants are given to students whose federally-defined expected family contribution is less than $5,157. In the class of 2018, approximately 17% of Hamilton's first-year students are Pell Grant recipients.
  • Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Awards
    TAP Awards are based on taxable income for New York State residents.

Outside Scholarships and Tuition Benefits

A student must report outside awards and tuition benefits to the Financial Aid Office, which will first replace work-study and then the loan portion of a student's financial aid package before it will reduce the Hamilton College Scholarship.  Neither an outside scholarship nor a tuition benefit will reduce your expected family contribution.