Nontraditional Students

Nontraditional students who are admitted to the Frances Perkins program starting with the spring of 2014 are awarded the Frances Perkins Tuition Scholarship. This scholarship covers the cost of tuition. Students do not need to apply for need-based financial aid to be considered for the scholarship. For more information please review the Frances Perkins Tuition Scholarship policies.

Domestic students may file the FAFSA to apply for federal and state financial aid to assist them with other costs of attendance such as the health insurance fee, student government association fee and living expenses. Please review the aid application information for domestic Frances Perkins students.

International students may apply for need based loans and work-study. An online CSS/PROFILE and verification of income must be filed to be considered for this assistance. Please review the aid application information for international Frances Perkins students.

Financial Aid Eligibility

The College uses standard federal and institutional formulas to determine eligibility for federal, state and institutional financial aid.

Student Budget 
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Financial Aid Eligibility

Frances Perkins Student Budget

Resident Student

Billed Fees 2014-2015:

  • Tuition: $42,470 (a resident student is expected to take sixteen credits per semester).
  • Room & Board: $12,490
  • Activities Fee: $186

Estimated Expenses:

  • Books & Personal expenses

Please note: If accepted and funded as a resident student, a Frances Perkins student's budget and aid eligibility may be reduced if she chooses to move off campus.

Community Student (non-resident)

Billed Fees 2014-2015:

  • Tuition: $1,330 per credit (eight credits per semester is the minimum required)
  • Activities Fee: $186

Estimated Expenses:

  • Book & Personal expense
  • Living expense
  • Commuting expense

Estimated expenses are not charged by the College; rather they are included in the student budget to provide an approximation of student expenses; they are not intended to be exact. Commuting students with significant financial need may be eligible for federal and/or state loans and/or grants to assist with off-campus living expenses. Other expenses that may be included in the budget to increase eligibility for educational loans may include day care costs, student health insurance fee and a one time computer purchase.

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 Balances

Frances Perkins students who receive financial aid in excess of their College charges are entitled to a refund of that amount after the add/drop period, after aid adjustments due to enrollment changes are completed. Refund checks will begin to be issued the week following the add/drop period. Refunds over $50 will automatically be processed and sent to students' campus mailbox in the Blanchard Campus Center. Accounts will be checked every two weeks for newly posted credit balances. In order to receive a refund all required financial aid documents must be received and funds must be 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 should be requested via email.

Returning off-campus students may also be eligible to receive an advance of a portion of their final credit balance refund earlier than the end of add/drop, in order to assist with living expenses. Students with an expected credit balance will be issued an advance of up to half of the expected refund. Advances will be no more than $2,000, in increments of $500. Advance checks are generally issued within the first three weeks of the semester and will be sent to students' campus mailbox in the Blanchard Campus Center. No form needs to be submitted to our office to receive the advance; checks will be issued automatically to all returning eligible students.

Funding Maximums for Institutional Aid

Institutional funding for on-campus (resident) 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 will count toward the semester limit, whether or not financial aid from the College was provided for these credits. The ranges of transfer credits which determine aid eligibility remaining are:

Credits Transferred Semesters of Aid Eligibility Remaining
12 - 27 7 semesters of institutional aid
28 - 43 6 semesters of institutional aid
44 - 59 5 semesters of institutional aid
60 - 64 4 semesters of institutional aid

Institutional 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.