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Grant Aid

Grants are need-based and do not need to be repaid. Students may receive grants from a variety of sources, including Smith College and federal and state sources. In order to be considered for Smith College grants, you must apply for financial aid by the published deadlines, prior to admission.

Smith College Grants

State grants are available to undergraduate students from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Vermont. State grants replace Smith Grants dollar for dollar. The grant amount is based on a family's financial need as determined by Smith College through the financial aid application process. Most Smith grants come from funds given for this purpose by alumnae and friends of the college and by foundations and corporations. If you are a recipient of one of these named scholarships, you will be contacted by the Office of Donor Relations. You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire about your Smith experience. Your timely response is important. If you have any questions, contact DonorRelations@smith.edu.


Federal Pell Grants

In order to qualify for a Pell Grant, students must be enrolled at least half-time without a prior bachelor's degree. The award is based on need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Pell Grants replace Smith Grant eligibility dollar for dollar.


Federal SEOG Grants

This grant is for Pell-eligible students and priority is given to students who also receive Smith College grants. The amount awarded varies depending on current funding levels from federal sources.


State Grants

State grants are available to undergraduate students from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Vermont. State grants replace Smith Grants dollar for dollar.

The award is based on need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and state criteria. Students from these states who apply for Smith College aid are also required to apply for state grants. Deadlines and required forms differ by state. Contact your state office of financial aid for specific details. Smith cannot replace any state grants lost because of a failure to meet deadlines or comply with federal or state requirements.

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Health Grant

Undergraduate students with extremely high need who do not have outside health insurance coverage may be eligible for a health grant to cover the cost of health insurance through Smith College. If you need assistance with the health insurance charge and feel you may qualify, please contact us at sfs@smith.edu. No increase in grant aid may be authorized for students who choose not to borrow the loans suggested in their award letter.