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Types of Financial Aid

Undergraduate Students

Smith College offers a variety of types of financial aid to assist undergraduate students and their families in paying for their college education. Financial aid comes in a variety of forms and from a variety of sources.

Grant Aid

Grants are need-based and do not need to be repaid. Students may receive grants from a variety of sources, including Smith College and federal and state sources. In order to be considered for Smith College grants, students must apply for financial aid by the published deadlines, prior to admission.

Merit Aid

Smith College has some limited merit aid programs that are determined at the time of admission. All applicants to the college are automatically considered for all of our merit awards; no special application forms are required.

Student Loans

Loans are a form of financial aid that must be repaid with interest.

Student Employment

The student employment component of a financial aid award is the opportunity to have a job on campus. Students are not required to fulfill the hours awarded, but will only earn income for hours worked. Earnings are paid directly to the student, not to the student's Smith account.

Outside Aid

Some students receive scholarships, grants, veteran's benefits and employee tuition benefits from sources outside of Smith College.