March 27, 2003
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-The Amherst College Board of Trustees has established $36,910 as the college's comprehensive fee for 2003-04. This figure represents a 4.9 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 the college 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.

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 noted that the Amherst Class of 2000 graduated with an average debt of $12,241, 24th among national liberal arts colleges. US News ranked Amherst first in financial aid among its peers (2002).