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.
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)
Prior to completing the FAFSA, both student and parent should first create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. Your FSA ID will be a permanent identifier for future FAFSA filing and to electronically sign legally binding documents. The FAFSA may then be completed online using estimated/actual 2015 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 - $$5,165. All NYS residents listing a NYS school on the FAFSA have two ways to apply for TAP.
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: