Financial Aid & Costs

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We’re committed to making an Amherst education affordable to every admitted student.

Your family’s financial circumstances will never affect whether you’re admitted or not.

The majority of our students pay less—often far less—than the cost of attendance. Under our need-blind admission policy, 60 percent of our students receive financial aid.

Our financial aid program is well known as one of the country’s best. Here’s why:

  • Amherst is need-blind for both domestic and international applicants.
    No matter where in the world you live, Amherst will make your admission decision without considering whether you apply for aid or to what degree you have financial need.
  • Amherst meets the full demonstrated need of every admitted student.
    If your family shows that it can pay only a small portion of tuition and costs—or maybe none at all—Amherst pays the rest.
  • Amherst offers generous scholarships.
    In the last academic year, Amherst provided more than $45 million in scholarship aid to about 60 percent of the student body. The average financial aid award was nearly $47,000.
  • Amherst students can graduate debt-free.
    In our financial aid packages, we’ve replaced all loans with scholarship grants, making Amherst one of the few colleges and universities in the country that do not require students to take on student loans in order to pay for their undergraduate educations.
  • Amherst has an endowed scholarship fund for U.S. veterans.
    The Veterans Scholarship Fund provides enough financial aid to cover the full demonstrated financial need of qualified former American servicemen and servicewomen.
  • Amherst partners with QuestBridge.
    QuestBridge is an organization that connects talented, low-income students to elite colleges and universities.

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