Financial Aid

A Paul Smith’s education is a smart investment in your future. The Financial Aid Office can help make your investment more affordable through a combination of grants, loans, scholarships and campus work-study jobs. In fact, 98 percent of Paul Smith’s students receive some form of financial aid: it’s our investment in you.

All financial aid processes at Paul Smith’s College are tracked through the PSC Financial Aid Student Portal. You will access your Paul Smith’s Financial Aid Portal by using your Student ID and Password. Your Student ID will be mailed or emailed to you by the Financial Aid Office. You can create an account and a password by using the login box on the login page by clicking on the First Time User? link. Please keep your password in a safe place. The online system will allow you to:

  • Check the status of your financial aid
  • View outstanding documents needed to finalize your financial aid
  • Print missing documents
  • View your current financial aid awards
  • Accept or decline your awards
  • View important messages about your awards
  • Check the status of your student loans for the current year
  • Review your loan history

If your parents are involved in your financial aid process, we encourage you to share this portal with them. Due to privacy laws, only students are assigned Student IDs and Passwords for this system. Parents do not have access to your Financial Aid Student ID or Password. You will receive emails from our office periodically regarding any financial aid that has been revised, missing documents and/or any changes. You will not receive any paper revisions. This portal will be the only communication channel to you. It will be very important for you to check your email for any messages from Paul Smith’s College as well as your financial aid information on the Paul Smith’s Financial Aid Portal often.

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Info for NY Residents

New York State Residents: “TAP” into Additional Aid"

If you’re a resident of New York state and are or will be an undergraduate student, you MAY be eligible for Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) awards. After filing your FAFSA, you will be able to link directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA confirmation page. You must include Paul Smith’s school codes or you will not be eligible for TAP. TAP codes 2140 (2 year program) and 6140 (4 year program). To remain eligible for state and/or federal financial aid, you must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

The “Enhanced TAP” program created by New York state in 2017 is not currently available through Paul Smith’s College. We are strongly committed to college affordability and continuously seek favorable funding opportunities for our students and their families. Enhanced TAP in its current form has a number of restrictions that place a significant burden on the students and colleges that participate. We are monitoring the effectiveness of this program in its first year and may participate in the future once more information is known. Please contact our financial aid office if you have questions or would like to discuss the details and your individual financial aid award.

Yellow Ribbon Program

We are a proud participant in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program. As such, tuition and fees are completely covered for veterans and their designated transferees who are eligible at the 100% level.

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Office of Financial Aid

Paul Smith's College
Phelps Smith Admin Building
Room 103
PO Box 265
Paul Smiths, NY 12970-0265

(518) 327-6220
(800) 421-2605
(518) 327-6055: fax

Hours: M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


The typical Paul Smith’s student lives on campus in one of our 16 residence halls, eats most meals at the dining hall and enrolls in the kind of hands-on classes and labs that require special equipment like professional chef’s knives or chainsaws. Tuition covers the academic cost of Paul Smith’s, but there are other fees for housing, meal plans, books, supplies, activities and more. The following links provide detailed information about the total cost of Paul Smith’s and how much you can expect to receive in financial aid.

2019-2020 Tuition & Fees

Direct Expenses (fall and spring only) per academic year

Tuition $29,280
Rooms – Tier 1: Currier, Livermore, LMS, Saratoga, Lakeside, Clinton $6,840
Rooms – Tier 2: Hillside, Alumni Essex, Franklin, Lambert, Blum $8,500
Suites/Room – Tier 3: Upper & Lower St. Regis, Overlook $10,520
Board (Tiers 1 and 2) $5,780
Board (Tier 3) $5,240
Sustainability Fund Fee (Fall only) $33
Overload Charge >18 $580 per credit hour
Health Insurance Charge (if needed through the college – proof of insurance waives this amount) $1,851