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Funding for Students

A limited amount of funding is available to undergraduate Smith students in need for emergencies, special programs, conferences and some unanticipated events. These funds are limited and in most cases will not cover the entire cost of the emergency/event.

Available Funding for Smith Undergraduates

Funds For Current Undergraduates

See the following listing of funds organized by category.

Available Funding Grid 2024 (MS Word doc)

There are three applications that cover a variety of students’ needs that can be found under Forms in the Smith Social Network (you must be logged into the Smith Social Network to view the forms). These applications allow for you to apply using one application, and the offices that can fund you will work together to make the best package for you. 

For emergencies, please fill out the “Emergency Funding Application.” This application is for general travel, and medical/dental/glasses emergencies.

For academic needs, please fill out the “Academic Funding Application.” This application is for textbooks, fine arts supplies, computer repair, special studies, graduate school application processes, post-graduation plans, graduation cap/gown, ivy day clothes, co-curricular activities, and projects/travel with a religious/ethical/community service component.

For conference funding, please fill out the “Universal Conference Fund Application." 

See Financial Assistance by Office for a listing of all funds.

Textbook Assistance

Smith expects all students to budget for books as part of their financial planning for college. Students whose book costs exceed their budgeted allowance may apply for aid from several sources on campus. Funds are awarded as book credit usable at the Grécourt Bookstore in the Campus Center.

Smith Students’ Aid Society

Undergraduate students should apply first to the Smith Students’ Aid Society (SSAS) using the Academic Funding Application on the Smith Social Network. Students may receive SSAS book assistance once within an academic year. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis.  

Student Financial Services

Undergraduate students receiving need-based financial aid whose books for the semester total more than $400 may apply to Student Financial Services for assistance. Maximum funding per student per year is $200. Apply using the Academic Funding Application on the Smith Social Network.

Ada Comstock Scholars

Ada Comstock Scholars may apply for help with textbooks from the Ada office using the Academic Funding Application on the Smith Social Network. Your application will be reviewed by the dean of the Ada Comstock Scholars.

Emergency Funding for Traditional Aged Students

Examples of emergency funding may include airfare home due to the death or severe illness of a member of the immediate family, or emergency medical or dental care not covered by insurance, including prescription glasses.


Undergraduate students enrolled at Smith are eligible to apply for emergency funding. These funds are discretionary, and therefore flexible, but have restrictions as well. Students who have graduated or who are on leave are not eligible for funding.

How to Apply

Please complete the Emergency Funding Application on the Smith Social Network (you must be signed in to access the form).