Early Decision Financial Assistance Estimate

Students who have come to the conclusion that Stonehill College is the best fit for their college career are encouraged to apply for admission as Early Decision candidates. However, for many students, their interest in applying Early Decision is discouraged because of the need to know their bottom-line cost of attendance before making this commitment.

To better assist students who have Stonehill College as their first-choice institution, we have created the Early Decision Financial Assistance Estimate Program* to allow students to receive an estimated financial assistance package before committing to the binding Early Decision Agreement. **

Requirements to receive a financial assistance estimate:

Students interested in receiving an early estimate for both merit and need-based financial assistance are required to complete the following steps by the December 1 deadline:

  • Complete the Common Application as an Early Decision candidate
  • Complete the Common Application Early Decision Agreement
  • Ensure that all transcripts and recommendations are submitted
  • Complete the Stonehill College Early Estimate Application
  • Complete the 2016-2017 CSS Profile Financial Assistance Application and designate Stonehill College as the recipient

What you will receive:

By December 10, Early Decision applicants will receive an estimated financial assistance package from Student Financial Assistance. This package will include any Stonehill merit scholarship and/or need-based grant eligibility as well as estimates of federal and state grant and loan eligibility. Students who receive an estimate are still required to submit the FAFSA and any other supporting materials by February 1 to confirm their financial assistance package.

What happens next:

If the estimated financial assistance package gives you assurance that Stonehill College is affordable for you and your family, then you should remain in the Early Decision applicant pool, confident that, if offered admission, Stonehill is a financial fit.

If the estimated financial assistance package does not allow you to forego all other possible financial assistance packages, notify the Office of Admission by December 15 that you wish to change your application from Early Decision to either Early Action or Regular Decision. Stonehill will then release you from the Early Decision Agreement. Under Early Action or Regular Decision, students who are offered admission have until May 1 to consider all offers of admission and financial assistance before submitting their enrollment deposit. Students who do not change their application status by December 15 are bound to the Early Decision Program Agreement.

*The Early Decision Financial Assistance Estimate Program is separate from the review for admission. This program is available to all Early Decision candidates and takes place at the same time that the admission review is underway. Financial need is not considered in the review for admission.


**The Early Decision Agreement states that students who are offered admission acknowledge that they will enroll at Stonehill College and will withdraw all of their other applications for admission.