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How to Apply for Smith Funding

Funding at Smith is No Secret

Do you have a great idea for a “special studies” project or summer project, but need extra cash to get it going? Do this semester’s courses require books that exceed your budget? Is the cost of your new pair of eyeglasses only partially-covered by insurance? Whatever the reason that you’re applying for Smith funding, the WCWL aims to demystify the process. Along with links to the appropriate application for each fund, we’ve included video clips with information and advice from Smith staff people who are responsible for reviewing applications, and tips developed by seasoned-Smith-funding-applicant and WCWL Program Coordinator Ally Einbinder ’10.

Ally Einbinder ’10

When I was a student at Smith, I applied for just about every funding source that was available. I received funding to pay for my eyeglasses (which I still wear today), bookstore vouchers to assist in paying for my textbooks, funding to do relief work in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans during spring break of my first year, an International Experience Grant to attend a psychology conference in Canada during my sophomore year, and funding from the sociology department to present research at a conference in Boston during my senior year. All of this experience as a student has given me a lot of insight into the “do’s and don’t's” of applying for funding at Smith. Now that I work at the Smith Wurtele Center for Work & Life, I want to present information on applying for (and using) Smith funding in a way that’s clear and accessible.


Helpful tips from our funding workshops.

Before applying for funding

After receiving funding

Additional things you should know...

Tips on Using Bookstore Credit

Wait to buy your books

Only use your bookstore credit when you are 100 percent sure that you are taking a course. Then, look over the course syllabus and see how frequently the assigned books are being used, and at what point during the semester you'll need them. Some professors will list a book as required but only assign a few chapters. If this is the case, it may make more sense to use the copy on reserve at the library, or to share a copy with a classmate. One other strategy: If a book is not assigned until the middle or end of the semester, then you have time to look for a less expensive copy online.

Save your bookstore credit for pricey books

Do any of your courses require books that you can find used, either online or at a local bookstore? If so, then use your bookstore credit for expensive books—such as the most recent edition of an academic textbook.

Be mindful of expiration dates

Bookstore credit expires the same day as the deadline for dropping a course. If you don't use your bookstore credit by this date, the award disappears.