Money Matters While Traveling Off-Campus

Semester or Year Away on Educational Leave

Class of 2020 and 2021*

*Students who are transfers and entered in the fall 2018 or spring 2019 are in the new tuition model for study away and will pay tuition costs associated with Amherst and room, board, and non-tuition expenses related to their host location. Please see below for further details.

Students not receiving Financial Aid

Students who do not receive financial aid are responsible for all costs of their study away program, paying the program directly. Once your Off-Campus Study Checklist has been approved, the College will not bill you for the time you are away. 

Students receiving Financial Aid

Students who receive financial aid at Amherst may apply their aid to an approved study abroad or domestic study program, but with provisions. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for information on how to transfer your financial aid package to an approved program. Students do not need to apply for aid or scholarship from the program or host institution since Amherst's aid transfers to approved programs. If a student applies for (and is awarded) financial aid or scholarship from the program or host institution, please note that the family contribution will not be reduced. Family contributions remain the same.

The document below should be read and printed out prior to meeting with Dean Kate Gentile (x2296), the senior financial aid officer who works with students studying away at Amherst.

Class of 2022 and Transfer Students Who Entered in the Fall 2018 or Spring 2019

Students from the Amherst College Class of 2022 The College will introduce a “home school fee policy” that will begin to apply to members of the class of 2022 (and any student who entered in the fall of 2018 and later) who may participate in approved study away programs during their second, third, or fourth year. Under this policy, students who study away will pay tuition costs associated with their enrollment at Amherst and the College will remit tuition payments due to the hosting institution. This aligns Amherst’s practice with a majority of U.S. colleges and universities. It will secure the sustainability of study away for future Amherst students, while also permitting Amherst students to choose the program that best fits their interests and needs, regardless of costs. Students will remain eligible for all financial aid while attending approved domestic and foreign study programs. Financial aid will continue to be portable and based on a student’s full demonstrated need, which is determined by inclusion of the comprehensive costs of the study away program and specific non-billed expenses such as associated transportation costs. Please see our FAQs and Policies pages for home school tuition.

Budgeting for Study Away

Many programs will provide you with estimated expenses particular to the locale. We have drafted a more extensive list of items that you may – or may not – find necessary or useful for your study away budget. You will need to tailor the list to your specific needs, which will be based on what is provided by your program. Some of these items may be covered by financial aid, others may not. By no means is this list meant to capture everything you may possibly need, but it’s a starting point.

A brightly neon-lit street in Tokyo

Where to Find Student Deals

Nearly all study abroad destinations – whether capital city or small town in the countryside – will have establishments that offer discounts to students or are generally more affordable than the tourist traps. The best way to find these places is to ask students who’ve studied abroad before you, but it is even better to ask local students and local staff on your program or at the host university. Cheap eats and hot spots are trendy, so what was popular (and affordable) last semester may not be while you are abroad.

There are few websites that capture all resources for travelers on a budget, but previous students have shared the following with us. Please note that we do not endorse these organizations and it is your responsibility to research which are appropriate for you.

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  • Local news and culture websites