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.

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 complete the HWS Special Circumstances Form and submit with a letter of explanation to the Office of Financial Aid.

Watch your e-mail for our new Financial Aid Newsletter and Renewal Reminder in December!

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

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA
The FAFSA is required to renew all HWS Grants, federal grants and loans and New York State financial assistance. Students and parents completing the Renewal FAFSA electronically will use their PINs issued previously by the federal processor. If the PIN has been misplaced or lost, or if you have never filed electronically, a new PIN may be requested.

The 2013-14 FAFSA will be available online on January 1. The FAFSA should be filed electronically no later than May 1*. Designate Hobart and William Smith Colleges as the recipient by using our undergraduate federal school code: 002731.

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (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 - $5,000 and are encouraged to apply. Students eligible for the NYS Academic Excellence Scholarship and/or NY Lottery must also complete the NYS TAP application even if they are not financially eligible for the NYS TAP award.

By filing the FAFSA on the web, you will be prompted to file your TAP Application online. Please do so to expedite the application process. If you do not file the FAFSA electronically or complete the TAP application online you must request a paper TAP application from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYS HESC).

An estimate of your TAP eligibility will be included in the offer of financial assistance from Hobart and William Smith Colleges NYS HESC will email your award notification to the email address provided on your application. The Colleges will also receive notification of your official award as determined by HESC and adjust your financial aid award if necessary.

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

First-time upper-class financial aid applicants 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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