Renewal Application Process

Hobart and William Smith Colleges is committed to working with our students and families to ensure they are able to reach their educational goals. Renewal of financial aid is an important step in this process.

Students receiving HWS scholarship or grants will receive those funds for a maximum of 8 semesters unless a 9th semester waiver is granted. To be considered for a 9th semester, please contact the financial aid office at (315) 781-3315 or

Financial aid awards for non-international students are for one year only. To renew your financial aid award please note the following steps below to ensure timely review. If your financial picture has changed significantly during this time, please submit a letter of explanation to the Office of Financial Aid.

All students applying to renew their financial aid must submit the following:

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Current year students 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 May 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 IRS Data Retrieval Tool will remain unavailable until the start of the next FAFSA season. We regret any inconvenience.

To fill out a FAFSA, you can manually input your tax information. Remember, if you’re filling out the 2017–18 FAFSA form, your 2015 tax information is required (not 2016).

FSA ID Reminder: Login to the FAFSA with your FSA ID only if you are the student. Parents: Refer to Help, Trending Questions if you’re helping your child fill out the FAFSA.

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 - $$5,165. 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 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.

*Late FAFSA submissions will be subject to a reduction in HWS Grant funding.

First-time upper-class financial aid applicants interested in institutional need-based grant aid must also submit the following:



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

Phone: (315) 781-3315
Fax: (315) 781-4048


The FAFSA must be renewed by all returning students no later than May 1. Students with an incomplete FAFSA will be assessed a penalty (i.e. a reduction in their HWS grant) as follows:

Returning in Fall

  • June 1 – June 15 $500
  • June 16 - Aug. 1 $1000
  • After Aug. 1 $1500

Returning in Spring

  • Nov. 1 - Dec. 15 $250
  • Dec. 16 - Jan. 10 $500
  • After Jan. 10 $750


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Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

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