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
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Financial Aid Eligibility

Frances Perkins Student Budget

Resident Student (on campus)

Billed Fees 2020-2021:

  • Tuition: $54,400 (a resident student is expected to take 16 credits per semester).
  • Room & Board: $16,020
  • 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 2020-2021:

  • Tuition: $1,700 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 their billed charges by at least $50 will receive a refund based on the timeline and conditions noted below and only if the student has completed all financial aid requirements. The refund will not include any outside scholarship funds until those funds are received by the College. All refunds are sent to Auxiliary Services for student pickup.

Incoming Frances Perkins students:
Refunds for incoming Frances Perkins students are issued after the class drop deadline has passed and the Registrar has confirmed the final number of academic credits for the student for the semester. Incoming Frances Perkins students will need to complete the online "Student Refund Request Form" found through their my.mtholyoke portal.

Returning Frances Perkins students:
Refunds for returning Frances Perkins students are issued starting the first week of classes each semester if the number of academic credits billed on the student account matches the number of academic credits included in the most current financial aid package. If the credits do not match, a refund will not be issued until after the class drop deadline. If a change to the number of academic credits that a student is registered for occurs after a refund is issued, the student’s aid and billed costs will be adjusted accordingly. Any resulting balance due from a refund issued before the adjustment will be the student’s responsibility to repay.

Additional Refund Information:
Any miscellaneous charges that are posted to the student’s account after a refund has been issued must be paid by the posted due date. Refunds will continue to be issued automatically every two weeks after the semester drop deadline, through November 30 for the fall semester and through April 30 for the spring semester. After these dates, a student may request any remaining credit balance by emailing the request to: sfs@mtholyoke.edu.

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.