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2016-2017 msw Cost of Attendance

Smith College recognizes that a college education is a major life investment. Like all sound investments it requires planning and preparation. We are committed to providing our students with the information they need to plan and prepare for payment/financing of this major investment.


Tuition & Fees

Program Year Year 1 Students Year 2 Students Final
Summer Students
16-17 Tuition* $24,730 $24,730 $9,500
Student Activity Fee $45 $45 $45
Total Tuition and Fees $24,775 $24,775 $9,545

*Tuition and fees are updated each academic year in late January.

Tuition and Activity Fee are standard billed fees for all SSW students. See Other SSW Program Fees as well as Miscellaneous Fees for fees applicable on a per student basis.

Also, see General Billing Processes and Policies as well as Plan for Major Bill Due Dates and Important Process Dates & Info for bill and due dates and other important time lines.


Estimated Personal Expenses

Personal expenses vary by individual student circumstances. The standard budget for living expenses shown below is an estimate. Living expenses include rent, utilities, meals, travel, and other personal expenses. Your actual expenses may be less and will vary based on living and travel arrangements, field placement location, and other personal choices. Please plan your budget carefully and borrow conservatively to reflect your own personal expenses. The Department of Education provides a budget calculator to assist in your planning.

Program Year Year 1 Students Year 2 Students Final Summer Students
Months/Academic Year 11 11 2.5
Living Expenses $23,600 $23,600 $5,350
Books & Supplies $900 $900 $900
Total Estimated Personal Expenses $24,500 $24,500 $6,250


Cost of Attendance (COA)

COA = Tuition + Activity Fee + Estimated Personal Expenses
The Total Cost of Attendance is set by Smith College. Billed expenses by Smith include: tuition and student activity fee. Additional expenses, not directly billed by Smith include: living expenses and books.

For students who plan to utilize Student Loan/s to assist in financing their education, the Total Cost of Attendance (less any other aid received in an academic year) represents a student’s maximum borrowing eligibility. Please see Federal Student Loans for application requirements and other important loan information.


Program Year Year 1 Students Year 2 Students Final Summer Students
Total COA $49,275 $49,275 $15,795

Special circumstances sometimes warrant an increase in the standard cost of attendance budget based on a student’s actual expenses in order to create additional loan eligibility. Examples include high unreimbursed medical expenses, dependent care and/or dependent maintenance expenses. Please see our Budget Adjustments section on the Student Loans page for more information on submitting a Cost of Attendance appeal form.