Nontraditional Students- Eligibility and Application Policies

Nontraditional students who are admitted to the Frances Perkins program receive the Frances Perkins Tuition Scholarship. This scholarship covers the cost of tuition. Frances Perkins students (FPs) are not required to apply for need-based financial aid to be considered for the scholarship. For more information please review the Frances Perkins Tuition Scholarship policies. Please also review these important: Application Requirements

Financial Aid Eligibility

The College uses standard federal and institutional formulas to determine eligibility for federal, state and institutional financial aid. This includes a review of student, and spouse if applicable, income and assets.

Student Budget 
-Family Contribution
Financial Aid Eligibility

Frances Perkins Student Budget

Resident Student (on campus)

Billed Fees 2019-2020:

  • Tuition: $52,040 (a resident student is expected to take 16 credits per semester).
  • Room & Board: $15,320
  • Activities Fee: $218 

Estimated Expenses: (Estimated expenses provide an approximation of student expenses; these expenses are not charged by the College.)

  • Books & Personal expenses

Community Student (non-resident)

Billed Fees 2019-2020:

  • Tuition: $1,630 per credit (Estimated) (Minimum requirement: 8 credits per semester).
  • Activities Fee: $218

Estimated Expenses: (Estimated expenses provide an approximation of student expenses; these expenses are not charged by the College.)

  • Book & Personal expense
  • Living expense
  • Commuting expense

Commuting students may be eligible for federal and state grants or loans to assist with off-campus living expenses, including  day care costs. 

Additional Expenses

Both resident and commuting students may be eligible for additional student loan to help cover the College's student health insurance premium and a one time computer purchase, if student loan maximums have not been reached. Please contact our office if you have any questions about using student loans to cover these additional expenses. 

Course Load

Resident students are expected to take sixteen credits a semester. Commuting (non resident) students must take a minimum of eight credits to be considered for financial aid.

Credit Balance (Refund)

Frances Perkins students whose financial aid exceeds College charges by at least $50 will automatically receive a refund check in the amount of the excess financial aid. The check will be sent to the student's campus PO box approximately a week to ten days after the add/drop period each semester. Any additional credit balance for the semester will be released automatically every two weeks throughout the semester.  To be eligible to receive a refund all required financial aid documents must be received and funds posted to the student account. Refunds will not include outside scholarship funds until those funds are received by the College. Refunds will continue to be processed through November 30th in the fall semester and through April 30th in the spring semester. Any refund balance remaining after those dates should be requested via email.

Funding Maximums for Institutional Aid

College funding for resident (on-campus) Frances Perkins students is limited based on the total number of credits accepted for transfer at any point. Credits transferred to the College due to a semester or year of study abroad or academic leave count toward the semester limit, whether or not financial aid from the College was provided for these credits. The range of transfer credits which determine remaining aid eligibility are:

Credits Transferred Semesters of Aid Eligibility from Mount Holyoke
12 - 27 7 semesters 
28 - 43 6 semesters 
44 - 59 5 semesters 
60 - 64 4 semesters 

College funding for commuting (non resident) Frances Perkins students is limited to a cumulative total of 128 credits. This total includes transfer credits applied toward the Mount Holyoke degree. Frances Perkins students should plan their course of study with this in mind.