Having more than one child in college may have a significant impact on a student's financial aid award. If a family of five has one child in college, their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be the amount that the family is responsible for contributing toward their son or daughter's education that year. However, if that same family has two children attending undergraduate college on a full-time basis, the parent contribution portion of their EFC will be dramatically reduced by up to 40%. Similarly, if a student begins attending college and has an older sibling already enrolled in college, their EFC and need-based financial aid will be impacted when the older sibling graduates.
Please note: Hamilton College does not consider siblings enrolled beyond four years of undergraduate study, in graduate studies, a second undergraduate program, enrolled less than full-time, or parents enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program as a factor when determining financial need.