March 14, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Board of Trustees has established $33,860 as the College’s comprehensive fee for 2001-02. This figure represents a 4.5 percent increase over this year’s comprehensive fee, which includes tuition, room and board.

Amherst maintains a need-blind admission policy that ensures that a student’s admission to Amherst is not influenced by financial need. In addition, Amherst ensures that any student admitted to the College will receive financial aid equal to determined need. Amherst also has a longstanding commitment to providing only need-based aid, rather than merit scholarships.

Increased support for financial aid has been one of the priorities of The Amherst College Campaign, which aims to raise $200 million by June 30, 2001. Of the $200 million campaign total, $38 million is dedicated to financial aid. To date, the campaign has raised almost $31 million toward the $38 million financial aid goal.

Consistently ranked among the nation’s best liberal arts colleges, Amherst also has been ranked as a “Best Value” by U.S. News & World Report, which also has noted that Amherst students have one of the lowest average levels of indebtedness at graduation. In addition, Amherst ranked sixth in a survey of the “Top 100 Values in Private Colleges” published in the September 1999 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine. The survey evaluated which private colleges and universities provide an excellent education “but also care about how much it costs.”