Non-Need Based Awards

Mount Holyoke is pleased to offer a limited number of merit-based awards to first-year candidates who have an outstanding record of scholarship and co-curricular achievement in high school and who demonstrate noteworthy leadership skills. Questions regarding the selection of scholarship recipients should be directed to the Office of Admission.

Non-need based scholarships and grants include:

  • 21st Century Scholarship
  • Mount Holyoke Leadership Award
  • Tuition Assistance Grant
  • Trustee Scholarship

Policies for Non-Need Based Scholarships and Grants

For Frances Perkins Tuition Scholarships, please refer to separate policies.

General Information:
Mount Holyoke non-need based scholarships and grants are awarded at the time of admission to first year students for a maximum of eight semesters and are available only for on-campus study at Mount Holyoke. One half of the annual award will be granted each semester and disbursed to the student's tuition account. Students do not need to apply for need-based financial aid to be considered for or to renew a non-need based award. Note: Domestic scholarship recipients with need-based aid must re-apply for need-based aid each year.

Award Renewal and Satisfactory Academic Progress:
Non-need based scholarships. awards and grants are renewed automatically in subsequent years provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress (SAP) which is reviewed each semester by the Academic Advisory Board. Students who earn 16 credits per semester with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher generally maintain SAP.

Students who are placed on probation will receive the scholarship or grant for one semester of probation. Should the student continue on academic probation for a subsequent semester, the scholarship or grant will be cancelled for that semester and all subsequent periods of enrollment.  In the rare case where a student is suspended for academic reasons, she will be ineligible for the scholarship or grant upon her return.  Student who lose eligibility for non-need based awards may still apply for need-based federal and institutional financial aid, subject to Satisfactory Academic Progress policies for need-based financial aid.

Medical Leave Policy:
If a student withdraws from all classes for medical reasons, a refund calculation will be done based on the standard refund schedule. The scholarship or grant will be prorated to match the same percentage as the revised tuition charged.  Any unused portion of her scholarship or grant can be applied toward an additional semester of study once the eight semester limit has been reached. A student who leaves after the 9th week of classes but before the semester is completed will not be eligible for an additional semester of funding even if she does not earn any credits during the semester she took the medical leave.

Study Abroad/Academic leave: 
The scholarship or grant cannot be used for study abroad or other academic leave except for special foreign exchanges where Mount Holyoke College tuition is charged.  Study abroad and academic leave semesters count toward the eight semester limit even when the scholarship or grant is not available for those periods.

Although the scholarship or grant is not transferable, scholarship and grant recipients can apply for need-based aid for study abroad through the Laurel Fellowship program. Please note that need-based funding is available only if the cost of attendance of the study abroad program exceeds the calculated family contribution as determined by Student Financial Services. Need-based student loans are packaged before determining any need-based grant aid eligibility. NOTE: Students with non-need based aid should be aware that the calculated family contribution, which will be used to determine eligibility for any need based aid for study abroad, is typically higher than the amount that the family pays toward billed fees at Mount Holyoke.  Aid applicants can find their calculated family contribution (total resources) once their eligibility information has been released by signing on to Financial Aid Online.

Outside Scholarships: 
Outside Scholarships or Employee benefits earmarked for tuition may not exceed tuition charges when combined with Mount Holyoke non-need based scholarships and grants. If the outside funding can be applied toward room and board or other direct costs, the Mount Holyoke non-need based scholarship or grant will not be reduced. However, the total aid from Mount Holyoke College and outside sources may not exceed the total budget (cost of attendance). If the outside aid does exceed the cost of attendance, the Mount Holyoke funding will be reduced.

Note: The policies above do not apply to tuition benefits such as Tuition Exchange.