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Hampshire College Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at Hampshire College was $51,000 a year.

Tuition increased 1.94 percent in 2021, from $50,030 the prior year. On average, colleges raise tuition about 3 percent each year.

If these numbers seem daunting, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't necessarily what you will have to pay to attend a school. Many students pay far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts kick in. Plus, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay for college more manageable.

Does Hampshire College Offer In-State and Out-of-State Tuition?

Hampshire College is a private, nonprofit institution, so it has the same tuition for residents of Massachusetts as it does for residents from other states.

Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency.

Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state can cut the cost of college tuition. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. In many states, students must have lived in the state for 12 months before starting school to qualify for in-state tuition

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Hampshire College International Student Tuition

Tuition at Hampshire College is the same for all students.

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may be eligible for school-specific aid and scholarships. International students with need may be eligible for the following types of financial support:

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Hampshire College-specific scholarships

International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships.

Hampshire College Living Expenses and Other Costs

In addition to tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies.

Room and Board at Hampshire College

Room and board at Hampshire College is $14,432 a year. This includes the cost of living in dorms or other campus housing, plus a meal plan that allows you to eat in the school dining facilities. Students who live off campus but still want to use the dining facility can pay for a meal plan. The cost of board-only is $8,520.

Board costs may vary depending on how many meals are included in the meal plan you choose.

Cost of Books at Hampshire College

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. At Hampshire College, you can expect to pay about $850 a year for books and supplies. This does not count the initial cost of a computer or other technology. The actual cost of books depends on the courses you take and the materials required.

Yearly Fees

Most schools also have fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs. Full-time undergrads at Hampshire College pay $2,098 in fees each academic year.

There may also be optional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team, may mean additional fees.

Transportation costs

The total cost of transportation in college can really vary. It depends on if you drive or fly to get to school, own a car, or if you prefer to walk or take public transportation to get around campus.

A school's location can impact transportation costs. The Hampshire College campus is in a small town setting in Massachusetts. First-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Other College Costs

When creating a budget for college, don’t forget to leave some room in your budget for personal expenses, like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.

Let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, which can add up for both on-campus and off-campus students.

Total Cost of Hampshire College

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
Tuition $51,000
Room and Board $14,432
Board Only $3,698
Books and Supplies $850
Yearly Fees $2,098
Other expenses $1,050
Total Estimated Costs
On-Campus $69,430
Off-Campus $58,696

The breakdowns above provide a good estimate of the total cost of attendance before financial aid and scholarships. Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Financial Aid at Hampshire College

The majority of Hampshire College undergrads use financial aid to to cover the cost of tuition. In 2021, 378 of the 522 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Hampshire College meets 82.5 percent of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $44,382 a year. Around 68.05 percent of Hampshire College undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Hampshire College graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $31,064 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $23,892
State Loans $0
Hampshire College-Specific Loans $0
Private Loans $43,131
Most Common Loans for Hampshire College Students
Federal Loans 67.59%
Private loans 11.57%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Hampshire College financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at Hampshire College

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2021, Hampshire College awarded 374 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $27,840,835 to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $4,142,241 in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Hampshire College Net Cost

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Hampshire College students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Hampshire College was $44,382 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Hampshire College seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
On-Campus $25,048
Off-Campus $14,314

What will attending Hampshire College really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families understand the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Hampshire College's net cost calculator on their website.

Hampshire College Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Students cannot pay tuition in installments. Contact the financial aid office to verify this and discuss options.

Hampshire College Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups to cover some or all of the cost of tuition. Some schools offer them for employees and their family, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

Hampshire College Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$68,380

In State

$68,380

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$51,000
$51,000
Fees
$2,098
$2,098
Housing
$14,432
$14,432
Books
$850
$850

Hampshire College Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

72%

Average Financial Aid Package

$42,614

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

522

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

59%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$53,098

Out-of-State

$53,098

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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