Apply for Aid

Smith College is committed to providing an outstanding education to qualified students from all economic backgrounds. Financial aid awards are determined each academic year, and it is necessary to submit new forms annually. It is critical that if you intend to apply for aid, you meet all deadlines. You are encouraged to submit all required documents as early as possible.

We are here to help you through the application process in any way we can. Our preferred method of correspondence is email. Please send questions to, and be sure to include the student’s full name and Smith ID (or date of birth) with your correspondence.

General Information

If you are hoping to receive institutional (grant or merit) aid in order to attend Smith School for Social Work, please find the deadlines for your application type detailed below. We encourage you to submit all requirements as early as possible.  

Please note that Five College Circle of Scholars applicants and early decision applicants (non-binding) receive preference in institutional financial aid and merit aid. 

Institutional Financial Aid Application Deadlines for Academic Year 2024-2025 (begins June 2024)

Applicant TypeDeadline
Admitted Applicants who deferred from 2023-24January 10, 2024
Five College Circle of ScholarsJanuary 10, 2024
Early Decision ApplicantsJanuary 10, 2024
Regular Decision Applicants  March 1, 2024

Apply for Financial Aid

  • Mandatory: 2024-2025 FAFSA
    Smith College SSW Code: E00522                  
    See deadlines in chart above.         
    Note: For FAFSA purposes, applicants to a graduate program are designated "independent" and do not provide parent information on the FAFSA.         

    COMplete fafsa 


  • Mandatory: 2024-2025 SW Institutional Aid Application
    Log into Net Partner and go to Online Fillable Forms.                  
    See deadlines in chart above.    
  • Optional: 2024-2025 Additional Information Form       
    An opportunity to provide additional information for consideration with your FAFSA data.

    COMPLETE ADDitional information FORM

Important for Federal Loan Eligibility

Important for Federal Aid Only: The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the only form required to apply for federal aid consideration. Please see Student Loans for more details on Federal Student Loans.

Also, the U.S. Department of Education requires Smith College to verify the information submitted on your FAFSA for selected FAFSA applications. If your application is selected, we may require the following:

  • A Verification Worksheet (sent to you by our office)

  • Verification of your tax information by importing tax data to the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool through or by providing an official tax return.         

Notification of Award

  • Award determinations are generally available one week after an applicant receives notification of admission if all financial aid materials have been received. Admitted applicants will receive an email that an award determination is available to be viewed on Net Partner.