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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.

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 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.