How to Request a Credit Refund or Financial Aid Cash Advance

It is Amherst College policy that a refund for any credit balance created on the student account by off-campus housing, or miscellaneous items can only be requested by the account holder (the student).

If a student has a credit balance BEFORE pending Financial Aid, he/she may request a refund by sending a message from their Amherst College email account to: studentaccounts@amherst.edu.  Please indicate in this request whom the check should be issued to and the appropriate mailing address.

If a student has a credit balance AFTER pending Financial Aid, he/she may request an advance on their aid by sending a message from their Amherst College email account to: finaid@amherst.edu.

Plan ahead for refunds of credit and aid advances

Checks for credit refunds and advances of aid are processed by the Student Accounts department of the Controller's Office only once a week - and will generally be available on Friday. Requests for credit refunds and advances of aid must be received by the close of business on Tuesdays. Checks are issued in the student's name and mailed to the student's post office box unless a different payee or address is provided when requested.

Note that refunds and advances will not be processed until classes in the term have begun. For advances of aid, any outstanding paperwork or electronic procedures (such as entrance interviews, promissory notes, or verification documents) must be completed before funds may be made available.

Examples:

Sample Bill showing a credit balance before pending aid

Sample Bill showing a credit balance after pending aid