College Senior 2012-10-30T02:33:41Z
I am a Posse Scholar so I receive a Full-Tuition scholarship through the Posse Foundation and my school. Although I am extremely fortunate for receiving this aid, I still am in need of assistance since my school is quite expensive. (Even after my scholarship I am still responsible for paying about $13,000 a year.) My school advertises itself as a need-blind school but from my experience with the financial aid department, I have to say it is quite difficult to receive any aid. Even after making many arguments, petitioning and speaking to multiple people in the department, I was turned away vague reasons why I did not qualify. I recommend one speak with the financial aid department during the college search process to ensure one's home/financial situation qualifies them for aid if additional aid is needed.
College Junior 2011-08-29T03:46:58Z
I love the need-blind policy. Otherwise, I wouldn't even be here.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T22:51:26Z
Money? Wish I Had It – I wish Hamilton gave me more money. I fall in the middle, economically, and my parents don't have enough to make the $26,000 that was still left as a yearly tuition after scholarships. It seems like most people around me either have money to pay the full $50,000 a year with no problem, or are on the other end of the spectrum and get a lot of need-based scholarships.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-26T06:56:51Z
Hamilton is a "need-blind" school now, which is just one of those nice PR moves, really. I don't think it changes anything. If you've got the grades, you're going to get in. They'll meet your FASFA expected family contribution, but they aren't going to budge after that. There's a lot of prizes you can win to do cool things over the summer--people seriously get funding to go eat food in different countries and present on it when they get back in the fall. It's really awesome. The school's great with extra funding for student side projects, but in terms of actually paying to go there, scholarships are rare. I don't know of anyone on a merit scholarship. And me? I'll be drowning in loans when I graduate. Yick.
College Senior 2011-02-27T22:39:52Z
You Will Get What You Need, but Not Much More – Since everyone at Hamilton would be worthy of acedemic scholarship, they don't offer any to incoming freshmen. However, there are ways to get scholarship money once you are on campus. The alumni association is very generous about giving grants and scholarships to students who make a name for themselves on campus, and grants are easy to get within departments once you start working with professors. As far as financial aid to start your acedemic carreer with, Hamilton will meet 100% of your need, but won't give you a penny more than you prove you need.
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