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Merit Aid

Smith College offers a limited number of awards based on merit rather than need. All applicants for admission are automatically considered; there are no special application forms. Students are selected by the Office of Admission and must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to have their scholarships renewed annually. Many of Smith's merit awards include a reduced loan expectation for those merit scholars with additional financial need.

Merit scholarships are considered a resource when determining eligibility for need-based financial aid.  For example, if a student has $15,000 of calculated need and receives the Stride Scholarship for $22,500, this student would not receive need-based aid since the scholarship exceeds the need.  Students who have need-based aid eligibility above and beyond the amount of merit scholarships will receive need-based aid to cover the difference.  

Merit aid is only offered at the time of admission.


STRIDE Scholarships

The STRIDE Program offers students with outstanding academic and personal qualifications a close working relationship with a faculty member during their first two years at Smith College. For students admitted prior to the 2019/20 academic year, this scholarship is $20,000 annually (limited to $10,000 per semester of enrollment) for four years. Beginning in the 2019/20 academic year for entering first-years, this scholarship of $22,500 per year (limited to $11,250 per semester of enrollment) for four years is awarded to approximately 50 students each year. In addition to the scholarship, students are also given an annual stipend of $2,770 each year for two years that is linked to research with faculty members. After the first two years, STRIDE scholars will receive the standard work-study allowance as part of their financial aid awards.

Reduced Loan Expectation

All STRIDE Scholars with additional need-based eligibility will have a reduced loan expectation of $1,250 for all four years.


Smith Presidential Scholarship

Each year a select number of applicants are identified as outstanding candidates and are awarded the Smith Presidential Scholarship. For students admitted prior to the 2019/20 academic year, the scholarship is $10,000 annually for four years. Beginning in the 2019/20 academic year, our entering first-year Presidential Scholars receive a merit-based award of $12,000 annually for four years. Continuation of the Presidential Scholarship each year is contingent upon maintaining good academic standing.

Reduced Loan Expectation

All Presidential Scholars have a standard loan expectation of $1,250 for all four years.


Greenfield/Holyoke Community College Scholarship

Smith College is pleased to award four full-tuition scholarships per year to Ada Comstock Scholars and/or transfer students from Greenfield Community College and Holyoke Community College (maximum of two each year from each community college) who display a strong academic record and clear leadership potential.