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APPLYING FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

Hobart and William Smith Colleges is committed to a policy of admitting students on the basis of overall potential and to working with our students and families to ensure they are able to reach their educational goals.

HWS requires all students who wish to apply for financial aid to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, prospective students who wish to apply for institutional need-based grant aid must file the CSS PROFILE application. Applications must be submitted by the deadlines indicated:

Step 1: CSS Financial Aid Profile
Complete the CSS/Financial Aid Profile using estimated/actual 2013 income and tax information by December 1 for Early Decision I candidates; January 15 for Early Decision II candidates; and February 1 for all other applicants. The Hobart and William Smith college code is 2294.

Noncustodial PROFILE
Instructions for the Noncustodial PROFILE (NCP) will be sent to all applicants whose natural parents are divorced or separated. The noncustodial parent will be directed to complete this additional form online after the CSS/Financial Aid Profile application is submitted. The NCP must be completed by the CSS Profile deadlines indicated above.

Step 2: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
To complete the FAFSA you must first obtain PINs for the student and parent. Once you have your PIN, keep it in a safe place as it will be a permanent identifier for future FAFSA filing and to electronically sign your Direct Loan Master Promissory Note should you decide to borrow student loans. The FAFSA may then be completed online using estimated/actual 2013 income and tax information after January 1 but no later than February 1. The Hobart and William Smith federal school code is 002731.

New York State (NYS) TAP Application
NYS residents with a New York State net taxable family income of $80,000 or less may qualify for a Tuition Assistance Program grant ranging from $500 - $5,000. All NYS residents listing a NYS school on the FAFSA have two ways to apply for TAP.

  1. If you file your FAFSA on the web you will be prompted to complete your TAP application online at the same time. We encourage you to do so to expedite the entire application process. OR
  2. If you file the FAFSA electronically and forget to complete the TAP portion, you must go online at a later date to complete your application.

An estimate of your TAP eligibility will be included in the offer of financial assistance from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. NYS HESC will send a copy of the award certificate via email, if an email address is provided, once the NYS budget is passed for the following year.

 

CONTACT

If you have any questions regarding the financial aid process, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at:


Dates and Deadlines

Timeline for Early Decision I Candidates

October 1
PROFILE application available for submission

November 15
–Arts Scholars application due
–Trustee Scholars application due
–Blackwell Scholars application due

December 1
–Admissions application due
–Filing deadline for PROFILE

December 15
–Notification of admission decision mailed to applicants
–Notification of financial aid award mailed to admitted students

January 1
–FAFSA available for submission

January 15
–Enrollment deposit due

February 1
–Filing deadline for FAFSA

Timeline for Early Decision II Candidates

October 1
–PROFILE application available for submission

January 1
–FAFSA available for submission

January 15
–Admissions application due
–Filing deadline for PROFILE
–Arts Scholars application due
–Trustee Scholars application due
–Blackwell Scholars application due

February 1
–Filing deadline for FAFSA
–Notification of admission decision mailed to applicants
–Notification of financial aid award mailed to admitted students

February 15
–Enrollment deposit due

Timeline for Regular Decision Candidates

October 1
–PROFILE application available for submission

January 1
–FAFSA available for submission

January 15
–Arts Scholars application due
–Trustee Scholars application due
–Blackwell Scholars application due

February 1
–Admissions application due
–Filing deadline for FAFSA
–Filing deadline for PROFILE

April 1
–Notification of admission decision mailed to applicants
–Notification of financial aid award mailed to admitted students

May 1
–Enrollment Deposit Due