Admission & Financial Aid

Admission & Financial Aid


Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Amherst College generates an electronic tuition statement each semester. The fall term billing email notification will be available July 15, 2023, and the balance due must be received on or before August 4, 2023. All payment arrangements to cover the fall term balance must also be established and up to date by the payment due date of August 4th. The spring term bill will be available by December 15, 2023, and payment must be received by the College on or before January 8, 2024. Additional billing statements are also issued online during each semester, which will include any other miscellaneous charges, such as fees for extra courses, li­brary fines, lost or damaged property, etc., posted to the student account and are payable when incurred.

Email notifications will be sent to students and their Authorized Users ("Family and Friends") each time a new statement has been uploaded to the account. These statements can be viewed online in Workday.

Failure to clear an open balance can result in a student's inability to register for classes, participate in housing selection and return to campus for the Spring 2024 semester. Additionally holds on a student's grades, diploma and transcripts are also applicable when an unpaid balance remains. 

Comprehensive Fee (Tuition, Housing, Food)


Student Activities Fee


Student Health Insurance (waivable)


Tuition Insurance (waivable)




Students and their designated “Friends and Family” will electronically receive the first semester bill, in the amount of $45,480. To designate "Family and Friends" as Authorized Third-Party Users, who should receive online access to their student account billing information, students must follow the steps in the link:  Assigning a Third-Party User. The sec­ond semester bill will total $42,546. All College scholarships, Nelnet Payment Plans and other cash payments received prior to July (for fall) and December (for spring) will appear as credits on the bill.

External scholarships don’t need to be received to show as credit on the bill; Financial Aid just needs to have confirmation that it’s coming.

The Association of Amherst Students Budgetary Committee sets the student activities fee. This $630 fee is turned over to the committee, which disburses it among more than 100 student organizations, clubs, groups and activities. It supports social, educational and community-building programs, as well as such organizations as student newspapers, magazines, the radio station, the yearbook and student government. A portion of the fee helps to underwrite the Five College Performing Arts Program, which allows students at all Five Colleges to receive a discounted ticket price for all Fine Arts Center-sponsored programs. 

Transcript Fee
Each new student is charged a $25 transcript fee, which provides all students the opportunity to receive transcripts upon request, with no additional charge. This fee is a non-refundable charge.

Payment Plans
Amherst College offers students and families the option of paying each semester's fees through a monthly payment plan administered by Nelnet Campus Commerce. The College offers a five-month payment plan for each semester, with the fall semester's first payment due on July 31, and extending through November 30. Payments for the spring semester plan will begin on December 31, and conclude on April 30.

Tuition Changes
Despite every effort to maintain College fees at the lowest possible level, Amherst has found it necessary to increase the tuition fee in the past. Therefore, we advise students and parents that such increases may be neces­sary in subsequent years. The College attempts to notify students of tuition changes as early as possible during the preceding academic year. Financial aid offers will be based on the schedule of fees in effect during the year of the offer. Students who may require financial aid as the result of tuition changes are eligible to make an application whenever necessary.

Refund Policy
In case of withdrawal before the opening day of a semester, all charges ex­cept the Transcript Fee will be canceled. (See Conduct)

Refund of payment or credit on student accounts in the event of with­drawal are as follows:

Withdrawal Date                                                        Amount Refunded

 Fall Semester                                       TuitionHousing Food 
On or before 9/5/23 — 100%$33,325$4,745


9/6/23 - 9/16/23 — 90%$29,992.50$4,270.50$3,631.50
9/17/23 - 9/26/23 — 50%$16,662.50$2,372.50$2,017.50
9/27/23 - 10 /23/23 — 25%$8,331.25$1,186.25$1,008.75
10/24/23 or later No RefundNo RefundNo Refund  
 Spring Semester                                       TuitionHousing Food 
On or before 1/29/24 — 100%$33,325$4,745


1/30/24 - 2/9/24 — 90%$29,992.50$4,270.50$3,631.50
2/10/24 - 2/19/24 — 50%$16,662.50$2,372.50$2,017.50
2/20/24 - 3/18/24 — 25%$8,331.25$1,186.25$1,008.75
 3/19/24 or later No RefundNo RefundNo Refund  

Note: Students subject to involuntary departures are not eligible for a housing and food refund. 

Tuition Insurance

Optional insurance supplementing the Amherst refund policy exists for medical withdrawals at 80 percent of paid tuition through A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. If you do not wish to participate in the program you must complete the online waiver by August 4, 2023, for the fall semester and by January 8, 2024, for the spring semester. More detailed information is available in the plan documents. This is a private program that is not provided, or administered, by the College.

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