FAQs for Transfer Students

What credentials are required to transfer? How do I know when my transfer application is complete? If all of the courses I have taken at post-secondary institutions are listed on one transcript, do I have to send in official transcripts from every one of these institutions? What do I do if I have attended more than one college/university? Do I need to submit my high school transcript and SAT scores to apply as a transfer? What if English is not my first language? Do I need to take the TOEFL or the IELTS? If I have a G.E.D. will my application be looked at differently than applicants who have a high school diploma? If I was a poor student in high school, but have done better in college/university will I still have a chance of being admitted as a transfer? Can I transfer in either January or September? Can I apply to transfer in January after my first semester in college? If I applied as a freshman can I use the same application for my transfer application? Can I schedule an interview? Do you offer Open House programs for transfer students? Is it easier to be admitted to one major over another? If I apply as a transfer and do not get in, can I reapply in the future? Can I take courses as a part-time degree candidate? If accepted, can I defer my admission? What are the most important criteria that the Committee on Admission evaluates when reviewing a transfer application? How long will it take me to graduate? How can I find out more information about my major, course offerings and graduation requirements? How many students are admitted as transfers each year? When will I know my admission decision? When can I choose my classes? Is housing available for transfer students? Is there Orientation for Transfer students? Is there any advantage to applying early? How is class standing determined? Can I have a car on campus? Do I need a particular number of credits to transfer? Do I need to complete an associate’s degree? How many of my credits will transfer? Can I transfer in credits for all of my general education requirements at Stonehill? What is Stonehill’s math requirement? What is the best format for submitting course descriptions? Does my grade point average from my previous institution transfer? How much does it cost to attend Stonehill? When should I apply for Financial Aid? What Financial Aid forms do I need to submit? What types of need-based aid are available for transfers? Are there Merit Scholarships for Transfers? How do I apply for them? Should I wait to be accepted before applying for Financial Aid? What should I do if I haven’t filed my taxes by the CSS Profile and FAFSA priority filing deadlines? When will I get my Financial Aid package? If I am not a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S. can I still apply for Financial Aid? Does Stonehill offer Yellow Ribbon GI Educational benefits? Does applying for Financial Aid affect my chances of acceptance? Do you offer any tuition payment plans? I was accepted as a freshman and received a strong financial aid award—will I receive the same award as a transfer?

What credentials are required to transfer?

  • The Common Application for Transfers along with the $60.00 application fee.
  • The Stonehill College Supplement for Transfer Applicants
  • Official college/university transcript(s) from each college or university you attended.  These transcripts must be sent directly from the college to the Stonehill College Office of Admission. 
  • Official final high school transcript with the date of graduation and seal sent directly from the school to the Stonehill Office of Admission.  The Common Transfer Application’s Final Report form is not required but the official final high school transcript is required.
  • One Academic Evaluation form from a college professor who is familiar with your work.  In addition to the Academic Evaluation form, students in their first year of college may also send in a high school teacher recommendation if they choose.
  • The Registrar’s Report form should be completed by an official in the Registrar’s Office and a representative from the Dean of Students office. 
  • The Mid-Term Report Form
  • Please note that the Final Report, Academic Evaluation, Registrar’s Report and Mid-Term Report forms can only be accessed while completing the Common Transfer Application.  They are all found under the “Assign Recommenders” tab while completing the Common Application and are not stand-alone forms because each form is linked directly to your Common Application
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How do I know when my transfer application is complete?

When your transfer application is received electronically by Stonehill you will be sent an acknowledgement email.  You will also be given a password that will allow you to access the Admission Portal where you can check on the status of your application materials.  You will be able to see the date when each of the parts of your application has been received and which documents have not been received.  We cannot review your application until it is complete, so we urge you to keep checking your admission portal until all materials have been received.

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If all of the courses I have taken at post-secondary institutions are listed on one transcript, do I have to send in official transcripts from every one of these institutions?

Yes.  You need to request that official transcripts be sent directly to the Stonehill Office of Admission from every post-secondary institution that you have attended, even if the final transcript lists all of the courses you have taken, and even if you are not seeking credit for courses taken at these institutions.  Evaluation of your admission application is based upon your cumulative grade point average, therefore, each transcript factors into our final decision.

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What do I do if I have attended more than one college/university?

Many transfer students have attended more than one college or university before they apply to Stonehill.  You must submit the Registrar’s Report Form from the last college or university attended.  Please request that this form be filled out completely.  In addition, applicants must submit an official transcript from every college and university where credit was earned or attempted.

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Do I need to submit my high school transcript and SAT scores to apply as a transfer?

All transfer students must have an official transcript sent to the Stonehill Office of Admission from their high school.  Stonehill is a “Test Optional” school for all applicants, so we DO NOT require transfer students to submit SAT or ACT scores.

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What if English is not my first language? Do I need to take the TOEFL or the IELTS?

Yes.  If English is not your first language, you must submit the results of a test demonstrating your English proficiency.  Either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System-IELTS exam.   The minimum TOEFL score for full admission is 79 ibT (internet) or 550 pbT (paper), and the minimum IELTS score is 6.5  The TOEFL and the IELTS requirement will be waived if you have completed 2 college level English courses with a grade of “C” or higher.  

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If I have a G.E.D. will my application be looked at differently than applicants who have a high school diploma?

No.  All transfer applicants must have either a high school diploma or a G.E.D. and they need to have either the high school transcript or the G.E.D. test result sent directly to the Stonehill College Admissions Office.

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If I was a poor student in high school, but have done better in college/university will I still have a chance of being admitted as a transfer?

The Committee of Admission reviews your whole academic record when evaluating your candidacy.  The committee likes to see improvement in your academic work.  Many transfer students did not work up to their potential in high school, but then applied themselves in college and strengthened their academic records.  Your most recent academic work and the grades in the courses most relevant to your major will be closely evaluated in your transfer review.  If you applied to Stonehill in the past and were not accepted we typically require that you complete at least a year of college level work before you apply as a transfer student. 

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Can I transfer in either January or September?

Yes.  We accept transfer students in both semesters.  Generally, the same admission requirements and the same level of selectivity are applied when reviewing transfer applications in either January or September.  The number of transfer openings and the number of transfer applicants can vary between semesters and that can affect the competitiveness of the transfer process.  We typically try to enroll twice as many transfer students in the fall semester as we do in the spring semester.

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Can I apply to transfer in January after my first semester in college?

Yes.  You may apply to transfer in the spring semester of your first year, but most of our admission decision will be based on your high school transcript.  We do require that all transfer students submit a Mid-Term Report Form in which all of your professors write in your current grades so that we can evaluate how you are doing in your current semester of work.  Students who were not accepted as a freshmen applicant must complete a full year at another institution before they reapply as a transfer.

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If I applied as a freshman can I use the same application for my transfer application?

No.  Stonehill uses the Common Application for first year applicants and the Common Application for Transfersfor transfer applicants.  While some of the information is the same in both applications, most of the transfer application information is different.  All transfers should submit the completed Common Transfer Application and all of the required forms and supplements.  If you applied as a freshman we will include your first year application materials in your new transfer application, but you will still need to submit a new transfer application.

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Can I schedule an interview?

Yes.  You can schedule a transfer interview by calling the main Office of Admission number at 508-565-1373.  Most transfer interviews are done by Sam Smith, Associate Dean of Enrollment and Coordinator of Transfer Admission; however, other admission counselors may also conduct transfer interviews.  Interviews are not required, but they are a good place to ask questions directly, learn about Stonehill and our admission policies and get an idea of what courses will transfer.  Interviews are evaluative and an “interview report” will be filed in your application.   When you come for an interview it is good to bring in unofficial transcripts from the previous schools you have attended.

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Do you offer Open House programs for transfer students?

The Office of Admission usually offers two or three “Transfer Friday Open House” programs each semester.  During the Open House programs you will get to speak directly with the transfer admission counselor, the transfer credit evaluator, the transfer academic advisor and a representative from the financial aid office.  A panel of students who have transferred into Stonehill will also be able to talk with you.  Typically the programs are usually held in the Admissions Office from 1:00-4:00 on the last Friday of the month in Oct, Nov, Feb, March and April.

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Is it easier to be admitted to one major over another?

Prospective transfer students submit an application to Stonehill College, not to a specific major.  Students list a major on their transfer application, but if they are admissible to the College they will be accepted regardless of the major they list on their application.  Once on campus, transfer students meet with the transfer advisor in Academic Services to discuss previous coursework and the requirements to complete a major at Stonehill.  If a transfer student knows which major they want to pursue, then they will also be assigned an advisor in that major.  Over half of Stonehill students change their major and most students add an additional major or minor, so we want students to come in with an open mind and have flexibility in choosing and changing their majors.  Your acceptance does not depend on the major you listed on your application.

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If I apply as a transfer and do not get in, can I reapply in the future?

Yes.  You can reapply if you were not accepted the first time you applied.  We do store and keep records for all applicants for the last few years, so we will have many of your documents and transcripts on file.  We do require that all transfer students who were not accepted or did not enroll the first time that they applied file a new Common Transfer Application.   You will need to send in transcripts for any additional work you have completed between applications and also send in a Mid-Term Report Form for the work you are doing in the present semester.

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Can I take courses as a part-time degree candidate?

Yes.  You can attend Stonehill as a part–time degree student, but part-time degree students can only take one or two courses per semester.  Most of the classes at Stonehill are offered during the day and therefore you would not be able to complete a part-time degree program if you could only attend classes at night.  You should know that part time students do not qualify for financial aid for these courses and they cannot live on campus.

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If accepted, can I defer my admission?

Yes.  Students who are accepted can defer their admission for one year.  Students who wish to defer need to pay their enrollment deposit to hold their place in the class and complete a deferral form.  Students who defer their admission may NOT enroll in classes during the deferment period. If a deferred student does take additional classes, then their deferral is canceled and they would need to reapply or reactivate their old transfer application.

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What are the most important criteria that the Committee on Admission evaluates when reviewing a transfer application?

Each transfer application is carefully and holistically reviewed by the transfer counselor and then reviewed again by the Dean of Admission.  The most important parts of a transfer application are college/university transcripts, professor recommendations, personal statements, the School Official’s Report and the high school transcript.  The most emphasis in the evaluation is placed on your academic work in college.  If a transfer applicant has completed less than a year of college work we also pay close attention to the preparation and grades received in high school.  We also evaluate each applicant’s ability to contribute to the Stonehill community and the reason why he or she would like to transfer to Stonehill.   If an applicant has experienced a drop in their academic performance, then we expect that they will address the problem in their personal statement or essay and that they will have improved their performance in the subsequent semesters.  Most successful transfers have a 3.0 or higher grade point average in their college work.  The average grade point average for enrolled transfer students in the fall 2013 semester was 3.28.

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How long will it take me to graduate?

The time you have to spend at Stonehill will be determined by the total number of courses that are accepted in transfer, the number of core requirements transfer courses that are accepted into our Cornerstone Program and the degree program you wish to pursue.  You need to take at least half (60 of the required 120 credits to graduate) at Stonehill and at least half of the required courses in your major at Stonehill.

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How can I find out more information about my major, course offerings and graduation requirements?

The best way to research your major, course offerings and graduation requirements is to consult our online catalog.  The online catalog has a wealth of information about the academic options and opportunities you can find at Stonehill.

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How many students are admitted as transfers each year?

Typically we would like to enroll approximately 15-20 new transfer students in the spring semester and 30-45 new transfers in the fall semester.  We typically receive between 35-65 transfer applications for the spring semester and 140-190 transfer applications for the fall semester and we typically accept between 50-60% of the applicants each semester. 

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When will I know my admission decision?

Most applicants for the spring semester will know their admission decision between December 1-31 and fall semester transfer applicants will be notified between April 15-May 31.  You cannot be reviewed until your application materials are all received, so be sure to keep checking your application status on the Admission portal.

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When can I choose my classes?

After you have paid your enrollment deposit you will be contacted by Darcy Lynch, your transfer academic advisor, inviting you to come in for a personal consultation.  During your meeting with the transfer advisor you will review your Stonehill degree audit, learn what courses have been accepted into the Cornerstone Program, into your major and what courses were accepted as electives.  You will discuss your career and educational objectives with your advisor and complete a plan for the rest of your studies at Stonehill.  You will then work with your advisor to choose and register for your next semester classes and review any questions you have about your academic future at Stonehill.

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Is housing available for transfer students?

Housing availability for transfer students is dependent on room availability on campus.  Most transfer students are awarded campus residence, but housing is not guaranteed regardless of your date of application.  Admitted transfer students will be notified in their acceptance letter if they were given on campus housing.  If students are not accepted with campus housing, their names will be put on our residence hall waiting list.  A list of off campus housing options is available from our Office of Residence Life.

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Is there Orientation for Transfer students?

The Office of Academic Services holds a one day orientation for new transfer students before the first day of classes each semester.  At the Transfer Orientation you will meet the other new transfer students and be introduced to representatives of many of the most important offices on campus—Academic Services & Advising, Career Services, Health Services, Intercultural Affairs, International Programs, the Library, Student Affairs, Student Activities, the Writing Center and others.

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Is there any advantage to applying early?

The earlier that you submit your transfer application, the sooner the Office of Admission can contact you to let you know what pieces of your application are still missing so you can complete your application earlier.  The earlier that your application is complete, the earlier you will receive an admission decision.  Applications received after our application deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis.

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How is class standing determined?

Class standing at Stonehill is determined by the number of credit hours a student has completed.  To complete a degree at Stonehill a student must complete 120 credit hours.  The following table describes our class standing policy:

First year student:          0-30 credits

Sophomore student:       31-60 credits

Junior student:               61-90 credits

Senior student:              91-120 credits

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Can I have a car on campus?

First year students are not allowed to have a car on campus.  Transfer students who do not have over 30 hours of transferable credit cannot have a car on campus, unless they were accepted as a commuter student.  Sophomore students and above can have a car on campus if they register their car on myHill/myCampus/myParking.  Residents are charged $110 for the year, and commuters are charged $50 for the year.

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Do I need a particular number of credits to transfer? Do I need to complete an associate’s degree?

Stonehill considers all students who have graduated from high school and have completed at least one course of post-secondary work a transfer student.  There is no minimum number of credits you need to take to be considered a transfer student.  You can transfer at any time in your post-secondary education and you do not need to complete an associate s degree to transfer.  For some majors such as education, it is preferable if you transfer after your first year at another college due to the content of our education courses and the restrictions of the Massachusetts licensure process. 

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How many of my credits will transfer?

Stonehill will accept up to 60 credits from accredited two year or four year institutions.  An overall maximum of 60 credits may be transferred toward a bachelor’s degree from a combination of credit sources.  No more than half of the credits needed to graduate in your major may transfer.  Courses are evaluated on a course-by-course basis, so you may have taken individual courses that may not be accepted.  Transfer applicants receive a preliminary transfer credit evaluation at the time they are admitted and will finalize these credits with an advisor in the Office of Academic Services at the time of enrollment.

 Additionally, all courses must meet the following requirements to transfer:

  • The course must be similar in content and scope to a course offered at Stonehill
  • The course must be at least three credits
  • You must receive a grade of “C” or 2.0  or above for the course to transfer
  • We only accept one math course below pre-calculus
  • The course must be listed on an official transcript 
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Can I transfer in credits for all of my general education requirements at Stonehill?

No.  You can transfer in courses that satisfy most of Stonehill’s Cornerstone Program (General Education) first year requirements—one course each in history, English literature, philosophy, and religion and two semesters of a foreign language, but few of the second year general education requirements easily transfer in.  Usually the five Cornerstone courses taken in the second year must be taken at Stonehill – we have a unique “Learning Community” requirement which is typically a three-course sequence taken by the same students, and one survey course in both a social science and the history of science. 

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What is Stonehill’s math requirement?

All students at Stonehill must take one statistics course before they graduate.  The College offers different statistics courses depending on a student’s major.  You can check our online catalog to see the specific statistics requirements for your major.  Some majors have additional math requirements in addition to the statistics course.  For specific statistics requirements for different majors please consult the listing of Statistics courses in the Cornerstone Program description. 

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What is the best format for submitting course descriptions?

Most transfer students submit course descriptions by going to their college’s online catalog and cutting and pasting course descriptions into a Word document.  It is helpful if you put your name at the top of this document, list the name of the college from which you are transferring courses and paste in the course descriptions by the semester in which you took them.  When you have completed the form you can send it to the Office of Admission, 320 Washington Street, Easton, MA 02357 or email it to Joanne Moyer, Admission Coordinator, at jmoyer@stonehill.edu.

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Does my grade point average from my previous institution transfer?

No. We transfer courses and credits, but we do not transfer your grades.  Your Stonehill grade point average will be only for the courses you completed at Stonehill.

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How much does it cost to attend Stonehill?

The billed costs for the 2014-2015 academic year are as follows:

Tuition and fees:     $37,426

Room and Board:    $14,290

Room guarantee fee:   $100

Total expenses:       $51,816

The Cost of Attendance (COA) includes billed costs, as well as estimates for out of pocket expenses such as books, miscellaneous personal supplies, and travel.  In 2014-2015 the COA for a resident student is $54,216 and the COA for a commuter student is $42,144.

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When should I apply for Financial Aid?

The priority deadlines to apply for Financial Aid as a transfer student are as follows:

Spring semester:              November 1st  

Fall Semester:                   April 1st

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What Financial Aid forms do I need to submit?

Stonehill College requires The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile for all students.   If parents are divorced, separated, or remarried a Non-Custodial Parent Profile is also required.  When completing the CSS Profile, instructions will be given to forward a link to the Non-Custodial Parent for his/her completion of the NCP Profile.

 To complete the FAFSA go to www.fafsa.ed.gov.  The FAFSA school code is 002217.

To complete the CSS Profile go to profileonline.collegeboard.com.  The Profile school code is 3770.

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What types of need-based aid are available for transfers?

Federal and state grants, federal direct student loans and work study are based on the FAFSA.  Institutional need-based grants are limited and are awarded on a funds available basis to transfer students demonstrating need.  The FAFSA is required for consideration of federal and state financial aid.  The CSS Profile is required for consideration of institutional need based aid. 

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Are there Merit Scholarships for Transfers? How do I apply for them?

There are a small number of $10,000 Transfer Merit Scholarships for the strongest transfer students in the applicant pool each semester.  To be considered for a Transfer Merit Scholarship, a student should have completed one year of study and have a grade point average of at least a 3.5 in all courses.  A 3.5 cumulative GPA is not a guarantee of a Transfer Merit Scholarship, but it is the minimum level of performance to be a competitive candidate for the scholarship. 

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Should I wait to be accepted before applying for Financial Aid?

No, do not wait until you are accepted to Stonehill College to apply for Financial Aid. File the FAFSA and CSS Profile by the priority filing deadlines which are the same date as the admissions application deadlines.  

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What should I do if I haven’t filed my taxes by the CSS Profile and FAFSA priority filing deadlines?

File the applications using your best estimate.  DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU FILE YOUR TAXES. It is better to estimate and make corrections later than to miss the priority filing deadline.  If you are selected for verification, you will be required to provide additional documentation.  This documentation includes, but is not limited to, the following items:

  1. IRS Data Retrieval ( available when completing or updating the FAFSA, it is a tool that transfers your tax information from the IRS to your FAFSA ) or Tax Return Transcripts for both parent and student
  2. Signed copies of federal tax returns for student and parents, including all schedules or non-filer statements
  3. Copies of W-2s  for student and parents
  4. Verification Form, provided by Stonehill College
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When will I get my Financial Aid package?

Filing the FAFSA and CSS Profile by the priority deadlines will enable Student Financial Services to review the information and generate an award letter within two to three weeks after you have been accepted.

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If I am not a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S. can I still apply for Financial Aid?

You must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen to qualify for federal or state financial aid.  Stonehill does offer a few $10,000 Transfer Merit Scholarships for non-U.S. citizens who have very strong academic records.  A limited number of athletically related scholarships are available for international students, but the amounts of these scholarships depend on the sport and the amount of scholarship monies available in each sport.  Athletic aid is determined through the Department of Athletics.  Transfer Merit Scholarships are available to international students on the same basis as they are to U.S. students, but we do not award need-based grants to international students.

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Does Stonehill offer Yellow Ribbon GI Educational benefits?

Yes.  As a supporting institution of the Yellow Ribbon Program through the Post-9/11 GI Bill Veteran Educational Assistance Act, Stonehill provides financial support to Post-9/11 veterans.  Participants of the Yellow Ribbon Program must be admitted to Stonehill through the traditional transfer admission process before Yellow Ribbon considerations are made.  There are restrictions for eligibility for this program so for additional information about the Yellow Ribbon Program and how it applies to veterans who were accepted by Stonehill contact Eric Newnum in Student Financial Services at 508-565-1076.

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Does applying for Financial Aid affect my chances of acceptance?

No, Stonehill adheres to a need-blind admission policy.

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Do you offer any tuition payment plans?

The College offers an interest free 8- or 10-month tuition payment plant for payment of Tuition, Room and Board that can be used instead or in conjunction with other borrowing to cover educational costs.  This plan is called the Stonehill Monthly Affordable Payment (MAP) plan.  Enrollment in the plan is online through the secure student account portal.  Payments are automatically withdrawn from your checking account each month. The enrollment deadline for the 10-month plan is August 15, with the first payment due August 1.  The deadline for the 8-month plan is August 31, with the first payment due August 15.  Those who enroll in a fall semester plan will be automatically enrolled in a spring plan.  There is a $30 per semester enrollment fee.  Charges other than tuition, room and board must be paid directly to the College by the due date. 

Questions on the plan can be directed to studentsaccounts@stonehill.edu or by calling 508-565-1394.

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I was accepted as a freshman and received a strong financial aid award—will I receive the same award as a transfer?

Not necessarily.  When you apply as a transfer student you have to resubmit both the FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE forms.   Stonehill will award need-based financial aid based on the review of the financial information you provide on these forms, and your family’s financial situation might have changed since you applied as a first year student.  Stonehill awards different levels of merit awards to first year students, but we only offer one level of merit to transfer students--$10,000 merit awards for transfers who have completed a full year of study and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.  Stonehill only awards our own need-based scholarship money based on the information provided on the CSS PROFILE form.  Since few community college or state colleges or universities require the CSS PROFILE form, transfers from those types of institutions should be aware that the CSS PROFILE is required and needs to be filed by our published deadlines. 

For additional information about Stonehill’s financial assistance programs and application procedures please consult the Financial Aid & Scholarships section of our website or you can speak directly to a Financial Aid Counselor by calling Student Financial Services at 508-565-1088.

                                                                                                                              

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