Transfer Students-Eligibility and Application Policies

The staff in Student Financial Services is here to help you throughout the application process and in managing the cost of a Mount Holyoke education. Please contact us with any questions you may have. 

Important Information for Applicants

  • Be sure to carefully review the financial aid application requirements
  • Apply on time. Late applications are accepted however you may not receive information about your financial aid eligibility with your admission decision if you apply late. 

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid eligibility is the difference between the estimated student budget (tuition, room and board, fees, books and personal expenses, travel expenses) and the expected family contribution. 

Determining Eligibility

We determine your eligibility for need based assistance from the College using a combination of institutional and federal methodologies to calculate the family contribution. The family contribution is comprised of a parental and a student contribution. In determining the parental contribution a number of factors are considered including parent taxable income and untaxed income, parental assets, number of dependents in the household, and the number of dependent children attending undergraduate institutions. The student contribution is determined after a review of student income and assets, including trusts. Students are expected to contribute 25% of the value of their assets each year and a minimum contribution from summer earnings which ranges from $2,450 to $3,400 depending on the year in college.

Note: You do not have to apply for financial aid from Mount Holyoke to apply for federal financial aid. For information about applying for federal aid please review: Federal Student Aid.

Funding Maximums

Institutional funding for transfer 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 listed below. Students should plan their course of study with this eligibility in mind.

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