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 by June 1 for fall admission or November 1 for spring admission. The Hobart and William Smith college code is 2294.

Estimates of income should be used when actual numbers are not available.

Noncustodial PROFILE
Instructions for the Noncustodial PROFILE 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 Profile application is submitted. The NCP must also be completed by the CSS Profile deadline indicated above.

Step 2: FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Applicants seeking federal financial aid need to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA can be found at and is available October 1, 2016.  The preferred deadline for completion of the FAFSA is February 1, 2017, and our school code is 002731. In order to complete the FAFSA, the student and one parent must have an FSA ID number which will serve as your electronic signature. To apply for your FSA ID, click here.

The Department of Education has enhanced the FAFSA filing process to allow tax data to be retrieved directly from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will allow the filed federal tax return data to be uploaded directly to the FAFSA. If you haven’t already done so, we strongly encourage you to use this tool as it is the fastest, most secure way to provide verified tax information.  To obtain a Federal Tax Return Transcript that you can download and print immediately, or to request the transcript be mailed to your address on record, go to the IRS website.

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 TAP grant ranging from $500 - $5,165. 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 application process. OR
  2. If you file the FAFSA electronically and forget to complete the TAP portion, you may 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.

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



Hobart and William Smith Colleges,
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

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