Applying for Aid

Applying for financial aid can feel overwhelming. Here are the most important things to remember.

1. Let us know that you want financial aid. 

First-year, transfer, international, undocumented and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program) students all need to indicate on their College application an intent to apply for need-based financial aid. Aid can be used to assist with non-tuition costs, such as room and board. U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be considered for federal, state and institutional aid. International students will be considered for institutional aid. 

Find out more about eligibility and policies regarding financial aid.

Once you have submitted the Common Application or the Coalition Application to the Office of Admission, you will be given access to an Applicant Status Page. There, you will be able to see and track your specific requirements by checking the Financial Aid tab in your Applicant Status Portal. Please check this page often as we may require additional information once we begin a review of your file. 

2. Complete your requirements.

  • All aid applicants should submit the CSS Profile. U.S. citizens and permanent residents must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is used to determine eligibility for federal financial aid. Our school code for the FAFSA is 002192.
    Create a CSS Profile to apply for need-based financial aid from Mount Holyoke. Our school code for the CSS Profile is 3529.
    Note: U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal financial aid without applying for aid from the College. For information about applying for federal aid, visit the Federal Student Aid website.
  • Upload all tax forms to the College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service, IDOC.

Be sure to review specific application requirements and deadlines related to your student status: 

3. Receive a Financial Aid Package.

After you’ve applied, the College will determine your financial aid eligibility — meaning the total amount of aid you can receive in grants, loans and/or work-study. We will then offer admitted students a financial aid package. Typically, students who submit their financial aid requirements by the posted deadline will receive their financial aid package details with their offer of admission. 

4. Reapply for aid each year. 

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who received a financial aid package your first year at the College, you will need to reapply for aid in subsequent years to be considered for financial aid. Let us know about any significant changes in family income, assets or employment. We know circumstances can change year to year so we redetermine your family contribution and your aid package annually.

A note to international students: You only apply for financial aid once, at the time you apply for admission to the College. Your financial aid package will remain the same for all four years.

5. Maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Eligibility for financial aid for undergraduate students is contingent on maintaining a satisfactory academic record. You are expected to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and to make consistent progress toward your degree. More details are in the Mount Holyoke College Bulletin and Course Catalog.

Students on academic probation remain eligible for financial aid during the first semester of probation. There is an appeals process if a student loses aid due not making satisfactory academic progress.