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Undocumented 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.

Current Students Applying for Financial Aid

Undocumented students who entered Smith College prior to 2016 are considered international students for the purposes of financial aid.

Changing Aid Consideration

If you are a current student who did not apply for aid in the prior year, or did not apply for aid in the prior year but would like to be considered for institutional aid in the upcoming year,  you must notify the Student Financial Services in writing so that your requirements can be updated.

Applying for Readmission

If you apply for readmission to Smith College you must complete your financial aid application by August 15 for fall readmission or January 4 for spring readmission. If you are applying for financial aid but do not complete the application by the deadline, your readmission application may be denied or any prior approval revoked. Review information available on the registrar's website for  details on the readmission process.


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.

Domestic Head Residents (HRs) will have all loan and work components of their awards replaced with the Head Resident Grant and stipend. Students receiving need-based grant assistance from Smith College will see a reduction in their Smith grant assistance by the amount that the HR grant exceeds the level of self-help (loan and work).

Although this award adjustment will remove your existing loans from your award, you have the option to request any loan eligibility they have remaining after the residence life award is factored in. Please contact us if you wish to determine your remaining loan eligibility.

Below is an example of how working as a Head Resident would affect your financial aid award (2018-19).

Self-help assistance:

  Juniors & Seniors
Loan $5,500
Work $3,050
Total self help $8,550

Need-based grant reduction:

Head Resident Grant $13,965
Head Resident Stipend (not including January term funding) $3,555
Total assistance provided (total room and board cost) $17,520
Minus self-help total (from above) $8,550
Minus HR Stipend (from above) $3,555
Grant reduction $5,415

International Head Residents (HRs) will have all loan and work components of their awards replaced with the Head Resident Grant and stipend. Students receiving need-based grant assistance from Smith College will see a reduction in their Smith grant assistance by the amount that the HR grant exceeds the level of self-help (loan and work).

Loan Assistance - International students may have eligibility to have some or all of their loans reinstated on request. Please contact us to determine you eligibility if you are interested in this option.

Below is an example of how working as a Head Resident would affect your financial aid award (2018-19).

Self-help assistance:

  Juniors Seniors
Loan $5,650 $6,200
Work $2,450 $2,450
Total Self-Help $8,100 $8,650

Need-based grant reduction for international students:

Head Resident Grant $13,965 $13,965
Minus Self-Help Total $8,100 $8,650
Grant Reduction $5,865 $5,315

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.