Hamilton is committed to meet the full demonstrated financial need of all enrolled students through a combination of scholarship and self-help (loans and work-study). Families apply for financial aid each year so that changes in circumstances can be considered.
Hamilton is need-blind for first-year domestic applicants who enroll in the fall. The College is need-sensitive for all international applicants and transfers, but those who are accepted to Hamilton and qualify for financial aid will have their full demonstrated financial need met by the College.
In 2008, Hamilton decided that the primary focus and top priority of our financial aid program was to provide need-based aid. The decision to eliminate merit scholarships has allowed us to continue honoring our long-standing commitment to meet the full demonstrated financial need of all students we admit, as well as make Hamilton accessible to talented students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.