a current student here
This is not a cheap school. I received a really good amount of aid this year, which is what it made it possible for me to attend Hampshire. However, I know a lot of kids who applied and didn't get as much aid as they would have liked. Luckily, the financial aid office is pretty good about appeals, and they will likely give you more money if you ask. That being said, it depends on what you expect to get for that money that determines whether its worth what you pay. If you're looking for academic freedom, self-directed learning, interesting and unique classes, cheap drugs, ugly buildings, nice-but-awkward students, and a somewhat quiet college experience, then it's totally worth it! If you're looking for more direction, a beautiful surroundings, happening nightlife, or anything that can be deemed more traditional you might want to think twice.