Hamilton takes seriously its commitment to providing access and opportunity to all students, as demonstrated by our diversity programs and need-blind admission promise. It is also our goal to ensure that all students have equal access to all that Hamilton offers, regardless of their financial background.

Supporting our Students

Thanks to a generous grant from the Hearst Foundation and gifts from members of the Hamilton community, the Hamilton Student Emergency Aid Society (SEAS) Fund was established to support emergency and/or one-time exceptional needs (i.e., a flight home to be with a sick parent, unmet medical expenses, purchasing a suit for job interviews, travel to a career-related activity, or adequate winter clothing for those from warmer climates) for students whose financial barriers are extraordinary. If the request is approved and the need cannot be met through financial aid or some other means, a grant or loan from the SEAS Fund will be issued to cover the expense.

Students who have critical needs should submit this SEAS Request Form. Please be advised:

  • To be eligible for SEAS consideration, students must have completed their financial aid application and exhausted all resources available to them, including loans included in their financial aid offer and outstanding credits on their student account. Please note that while approved SEAS grants will not impact your current financial aid, they may be displayed on your financial aid award letter, and could result in a 1099 tax form being issued.
  • Please note that SEAS requests will be considered during normal business hours and that it may take 2-3 business days to respond to your request. In the case of a true emergency, please contact Campus Safety (315-859-4141), and they will connect you with a Hamilton staff member who is on call.
  • If your request is due to financial hardship or a change in you or your family’s financial situation, we encourage you to use this form to expedite the financial aid office’s review of your situation. You can also contact the Financial Aid Office by emailing finaid@hamilton.edu or calling 315-859-4434.

SEAS Advisory Board

Mary Ann Atkinson P’02

Associate Director of Financial Aid

Sean Bennett

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Brenda C. Davis P’15

Associate Director of Opportunity Programs

Allen Harrison Jr.

Assistant Dean for Accessibility Resources

Jeff Landry

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Janice Scheutzow

Executive Director of Financial Aid

Sarah Solomon

Associate Dean of Students for Student Support

Marty Sweeney

Director of Enterprise Information Systems

Abby Taylor

Director, Employer Engagement

David Vore

Associate Director of Finance


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