Information for Undocumented Students (including DACA-Designated Students)

Amherst seeks to enroll an intellectually talented and diverse student body and therefore welcomes first-year and transfer applications from all interested students – U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens, living domestically or abroad, including undocumented students and students granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

Admission  If you are an undocumented or DACA student, you should follow the same first-year or transfer application process as any other student.  Amherst is one of the few colleges in the United States following a need-blind admission policy for all candidates, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. So that we may evaluate your application within the most accurate context, we encourage you to share relevant information about your unique circumstances with us.

Financial Aid  Amherst is committed to meeting 100% of the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.  Our financial aid packages for non-U.S. citizens include on-campus employment and institutional grant aid, without loan. In circumstances where students are unable to fulfill work expectations, Amherst may replace the employment contribution with loan.  To apply for financial aid, undocumented and DACA students must submit the College Board PROFILE and federal tax returns or income verification, as requested by our Office of Financial Aid. Please consult the Amherst College Financial Aid website for additional information on applying for financial aid.

Immigration Resources

Resources for Undocumented and DACAmented Students

Legal, educational, on campus, and regional resources for undocumented students.

At Amherst  Amherst offers a number of resources to support the success of undocumented and DACA students enrolled at the college:

  • Rebecca Counter, International Student Engagement Specialist, provides guidance for students seeking legal counsel regarding their immigration status, and invites the participation of undocumented and DACA students in intercultural orientation and events throughout the year.
  • The Offices of Student Affairs and Study Abroad work together to support DACA students interested in study abroad opportunities outside the U.S. (including assistance with the Advance Parole application process) or domestic exchange study options at other educational institutions within the U.S.
  • Our Center for Community Engagement, Career Center, and Dean of Faculty Office offer stipends for undocumented and DACA students who apply and qualify for a select number of research opportunities and summer internships.

Please feel free to contact the Amherst College Office of Admission by email at admission@amherst.edu or by phone at (413) 542-2328, if you have additional questions.