Financial Aid

Office of Financial Aid

Students at Orientation

College is expensive. But at Amherst, it is affordable.

Gail Holt, Dean of Financial Aid
Gail Holt,
Dean of Financial Aid

We’re committed to making sure an Amherst education is affordable to every admitted student. Under our need-blind admission policy, your family’s financial circumstances will never affect whether you're admitted or not. Our financial aid program is regularly cited as one of the country's best.

Interested in applying to Amherst?

Learn about our generous scholarships, financial aid packages and more. You CAN afford Amherst.

Please be Patient

We are currently experiencing a high volume of phone calls and e-mails.  Please be patient with us, and please do not send multiple e-mails or leave multiple messages regarding the same subject.  We will get back to you just as soon as we are able.


Financial Aid Net Price Calculator

Financial Aid CalculatorFind out how Amherst calculates your expected family contribution by using our Financial Aid Calculator.

Application Deadlines

Please note the following deadlines to apply for financial aid at Amherst. 

Submission DatesPROFILETax ReturnsFAFSA
Early Decision
November 1
November 15
After January 1st
Regular Decision
February 15
March 10
After January 1st
Fall Transfer
March 15
April 10
After January 1st
Spring Transfer
November 1
November 1
After January 1st
Returning Students All materials due by April 25th



Application Status and Award Notices

We don’t mail paper financial aid award letters or notices about incomplete applications to current or new students who have matriculated. These records may be accessed at the secure website by entering your Amherst user name and password. The website permits current students and applicants for admission to check the status of their financial aid applications on-line. Financial aid awards for admitted and current students may also be reviewed on-line.

Check out our Financial Aid Topics of Interest

Code of Ethics

The Amherst College Office of Financial Aid subscribes to the Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.