Financial Aid


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

Financial Aid Policies

Siblings Attending College

Having more than one child in college may have a significant impact on a student's financial aid award. If a family 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 (see definition below), the parent contribution portion of their EFC will be dramatically reduced by up to 50%. Similarly, if a student begins attending college and has an older sibling already enrolled in college, upon the older sibling's graduation or when they are no longer enrolled, the parent contribution portion of their EFC may increase by as much as 50%.

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.