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Outside Aid

If you receive any assistance from an organization outside of the college, this aid must be taken into consideration in calculating your financial aid award. You are required to report all outside aid to the Student Financial Services office.

Once you notify us of any aid which is expected to be sent directly to the college, we will add the anticipated amount to the student account as a pending credit, reducing the amount due.  If the aid is expected to be late, please notify us so we can extend the pending credit.  Any amounts expected but not received are the responsiblilty of the student.

Please send all outside aid checks to:

Smith College
Student Financial Services
College Hall
Northampton, MA 01063

Be sure to note your name and ID on all checks.

Outside Awards Based on Student Merit

Smith College recognizes your achievement in being awarded merit-based aid. Outside aid based on student merit will first reduce or replace the self-help portion of your award. If the outside aid exceeds the total self-help portion of your award, we will allow the aid to go toward a one-time computer purchase. If you do not purchase or have already purchased a computer, or if your merit aid exceeds this cost, merit aid will replace Smith grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis.


Nonmerit Outside Awards

Students Entering Smith Prior to 2015

This type of award includes tuition subsidies based on parent employment. These awards are not based on student merit and reduce Smith grant eligibility dollar for dollar. Need-based loans from outside agencies can be used to replace dollar for dollar either the suggested loan or the work-study award.

Students Entering Smith in 2015 or Later

Tuition subsidies based on parent employment (Tuition Benefits) will be allowed to reduce or replace the self-help portion of your award. Any amount greater than the standard self-help amounts will reduce Smith Grant dollar for dollar. We will allow the aid to go toward a one-time computer purchase or toward the cost of the Smith health insurance plan before we reduce Smith Grant. State or federal grant assistance reduces Smith Grant dollar for dollar. Educational benefits from state and federal agencies will reduce the self-help components of the award (loan and work). Need-based loans from state or outside agencies can be used to replace dollar for dollar either the suggested federal loan or the work study award.