Financial Aid

Office of Financial Aid

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.

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

Financial Aid Net Price Calculator

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

 Revised Summer Savings Expectation

As you make plans for this summer, remember that your 2015-16 financial aid award includes a summer savings expectation as part of the partnership in creating your financial plan at Amherst College.  This year, sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be expected to contribute $2,100.  The expectation may be as low as $1,200 for students from lower-income backgrounds and $600 for students who are independent of their parents.  If you don’t achieve this level of savings, you should tell us about the shortfall when you return to campus for the fall semester.  We’ll ask you to complete a “Student Income Contribution Appeal” form (available on our website), in which you tell us how much you earned and what expenses you had.  Normally, a shortfall can be made up from student loans or student employment.  Note, however, that if you are receiving scholarship from the College, once in your four years at Amherst, we will make up a shortfall with scholarship aid if the reason was your working in an unpaid internship or community service activity.  By “unpaid” we mean situations in which there is no income or financial support from any source, including fellowships or stipends.

Application Status and Award Notices

Financial aid award details and notices about incomplete applications may be accessed at the secure financial aid portal 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.

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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.