Hamilton Scholarships & Grants and Hamilton Endowed Scholarships
Hamilton need-based scholarships and grants are determined annually based upon financial aid application materials. Hamilton Endowed Scholarships, also awarded to meet financial need, account for roughly 40% of the more than $55 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 awarded to U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. The amount of the Pell Grant is determined by the federally-defined Student Aid Index (SAI). In the class of 2027, approximately 18% of Hamilton’s first-year students are Pell Grant recipients. To estimate your Pell Grant and federal aid eligibility, please visit the Department of Education (DOE) Federal Student Aid Estimator.
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 scholarships and tuition benefits to the Financial Aid Office. Hamilton's policy is to use outside scholarships to reduce or replace the loan and/or work-study included in a student's financial aid offer. Outside scholarships exceeding these amounts will be used to reduce or replace a student's summer earnings expectation. Outside scholarships beyond the reductions mentioned will then replace Hamilton College Scholarship dollar-for-dollar. Neither an outside scholarship nor a tuition benefit will reduce the parent contribution.