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Grant Aid

Grants are need-based financial aid that 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 students must apply for financial aid by the published deadlines, prior to admission.

Smith College Grants

The grant amount is based on a family's financial need as determined by Smith through the financial aid application process. Most Smith College 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 the 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).

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, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Connecticut.

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. Students should contact their state office of financial aid for specific details. Smith cannot replace any state grants lost because of failure to meet deadlines or comply with federal or state requirements.

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