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International Students

Current & Enrolled Students

This section is for current students applying for aid. If you are a prospective student, please go to the Tuition & Financial Aid section for application deadlines and policies. You must apply for financial aid prior to admission.

International students who do not apply for aid prior to admission are not eligible to receive institutional aid at Smith at any time. For more information, see When to Apply for Aid.

Automatic Renewal

International students do not re-apply for financial aid each year; financial aid will be automatically renewed and updated each academic year. No action is required on your part.


Housing & Aid

Holding a position with the residence life office will impact your financial aid award. The aid adjustment will depend on the position. Please contact us to determine how your award would be affected by a residence life position.

Domestic and international Housing Coordinators (HCs) and House Community Advisers (HCAs) have their work-study award replaced with the HCA stipend. The stipend will be paid regularly during the academic year.

Head Residents (HRs) will receive the following remuneration for the 2019-20 academic year.

  • HR Grant $5,500 - This will be credited directly to your student account split evenly over the fall and spring semesters.
  • HR Stipend $5,090 - This will be paid to you directly during the normal payroll cycle throughout the academic year.

Financial Aid Recipients:

The $5,500 Head Resident Grant is meant to reduce the loan expectation for those receiving need-based financial aid.  However, should you still have loan eligibility, you may still see a loan offered in your financial aid award.  You are not obligated to accept the loan and will be able to decline any or all of the amount offered.

Grant Reduction - The HR Grant is not meant to reduce any existing need-based grant assistance already awarded.  However, it is possible that your Smith Grant may need to be reduced.  Grant reduction will only occur in cases where the addition of an HR grant to existing financial aid would cause total financial aid to exceed the total cost of attendance, or where the student receives non-Smith assistance (outside aid) and the combination conflicts with our Outside Aid policy.  We will do our best to minimize any potential grant reduction.  Please let us know if you have specific questions.


Declining Aid

We assume all awards are accepted as offered unless we receive notification otherwise in writing. You may decrease or decline the loan (or any other part of the award) by sending an email to loanhelp@smith.edu or noting your decision on your financial aid award letter and returning it to the Office of Student Financial Services. Be sure to keep a copy for your records.