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 2015 income and tax information by November 15 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: 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 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.



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

Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships are HWS funded scholarships recognize outstanding academic and personal achievement gained through hard-work and commitment.

Dates and Deadlines

October 1

November 15

December 15

  • Admission decision available online for Early Decision I applicants
  • Financial aid award available online for Early Decision I admitted students

January 15

  • CSS/Financial Aid Profile and FAFSA for Early Decision II applicants due
  • Early Decision I admitted students enrollment deadline
  • Early Decision II applications due (Students who have applied under the Regular Decision plan, and whose applications are complete, can change their application status to EDII until February 15)
  • Scholarship application due for Early Decision II and Regular Decision candidates

February 1

  • Regular Decision applications due
  • Admission decision available online for Early Decision II applicants
  • Financial aid award available online for Early Decision II
  • CSS/Financial Aid Profile and FAFSA for Regular Decision applicants due

February 15

  • Early Decision II admitted students enrollment deadline

April 1

  • Admission decision available online for Regular Decision applicants
  • Financial aid award available online for Regular Decision admitted students

May 1

  • Regular Decision admitted students enrollment deadline


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Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

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