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Merit Aid

Smith College offers a limited number of awards based on merit rather than need. All applicants for admission are automatically considered; there are no special application forms. Students are selected by the Office of Admission and must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to have their scholarships renewed annually. Merit aid is only offered at the time of admission.

Reduced Loan Expection

An important part of Smith's merit aid for those students with additional financial need is a reduced loan expectation for each year that they attend Smith. For standard loan expectations for nonmerit students, visit Student Loans.

Dora Windes Zollman Scholarships

The Zollman Scholarship is the college's highest academic scholarship. This scholarship of $20,000 per year for four years is awarded to fewer than ten first-year students based on their exceptional promise for Smith. Zollman Scholars are also invited to participate in the STRIDE paid research program. This scholarship is available to U.S. citizens.

Reduced loan expection

All Zollman Scholars entering Smith in 2015 or later will have a standard loan expectation of $1,250 for all four years. Students who entered Smith College prior to 2015, please refer to embedded chart.

Year in school Loan award
First $0
Second $700
Third $2,000
Fourth $2,400

STRIDE Scholarships

The STRIDE program offers students with outstanding academic and personal qualifications a close working relationship with a faculty member during their first two years at Smith College. This scholarship of $15,000 per year for four years is awarded to approximately 50 students each year. In addition to the scholarship, students are also given an annual stipend of $2,250 each year for two years that is linked to research with faculty members. After the first two years, STRIDE scholars will receive the standard work study allowance as part of their financial aid awards.

Reduced loan expection

All STRIDE Scholars entering Smith in 2015 or later will have a standard loan expectation of $1,250 for all four years. Students who entered Smith College prior to 2015, please refer to embedded chart.

Year in school Loan award
First $0
Second $700
Third $2,000
Fourth $2,400

The Springfield/Holyoke Partnership

This 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 automatically considered. This scholarship is available to U.S. citizens.

Reduced loan expection

Year in school Loan award
First $0
Second $4,500
Third $5,500
Fourth $5,500

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Scholarships of $5,000 (maximum of three per year) are awarded to eligible students based on recommendations from the Office of Admission. There is no special application form. This scholarship is available to U.S. citizens applying as transfer students or to the Ada Comstock program.

Reduced loan expection for transfer students

Year in school Loan award
First $1,000
Second $2,000
Third $3,000
Fourth $3,000

Reduced loan expection for Ada Comstock Scholars

Year in school Loan award
First $1,500
Second $1,500
Third $1,500
Fourth $1,500

Trustee Grant

The trustees of Smith College offer tuition assistance to the daughters of those who are currently residents of Northampton or Hatfield for at least five years, on the condition that the students are of traditional age and enrolled full time at Smith College, and remain residents of Northampton and Hatfield. The Trustee Grant is set at one half of the annual tuition.