Smith's resources for financial aid include grants, campus jobs, and loans. A student's financial aid package will include one or more of these. A loan and a job (considered self-help) are usually the first components of an aid package; remaining need is met with grant aid. An average package totals more than $19,000 for traditional-aged students. The ratio of self-help to grant will increase as you progress toward your degree.
Grants are funds given to first-year and transfer students with no requirement of repayment or work time in exchange. Most Smith College grants come from funds given for this purpose by alumnae and friends of the college and by foundations and corporations. The federal and state governments also provide assistance through need-based grants, such as Federal Pell Grants and state scholarships. Smith receives an allocation each year for Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and for state-funded Gilbert Grants for Massachusetts residents.
Smith Grants: College grants are donated by alumnae, foundations, and friends of the college. You may be asked to write to the donor of the fund if your grant is supplied by a Smith alumnae club or named scholarship.
Zollman Scholarship: The Zollman Scholarship is based on academic merit. For the classes of 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009, Zollman Scholars receive a grant to
cover one-half of Smith's tuition in each of four years at the college.
Beginning with the class of 2013, Zollman Scholars will receive a four-year grant of $20,000 per year. Normally, five Zollman Scholarships are awarded in each entering
first-year class. Zollman Scholars are also offered the opportunity to
work on a STRIDE Program research project.
STRIDE (Student Research in Departments) Scholarships: Stride Scholars are selected on the
basis of academic merit. Stride Scholars for the class of 2009 receive a four-year grant of $2,500 per
year. For the classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012, Stride Scholars receive a four year grant of $5000 per year. Beginning with the class of 2013, Stride Scholars receive a four year grant of $15,000 per year. Each STRIDE student is also offered the opportunity to work on a
research project with faculty during her first two years at Smith.
These students receive a $2,100 stipend for the research position.
Springfield/Holyoke Partnership: Provides up to four full-tuition
scholarships for students from Springfield and Holyoke, Massachusetts public
schools. All students who apply to Smith from these schools will be
Please see the federal and state aid pages for information on additional financing options.