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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Financial Aid Net Price Calculator

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


Application Status and Award Notices

NOTE: The College Board Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) is experiencing an extremely high volume of documents submitted which has put packet processing behind.  Please be assured that any delay on the part of the IDOC service will have no impact on the Amherst financial aid decision or amount of aid you will receive.  To view current packet dates being processed, check status updates available on the IDOC website at: https://idoc.collegeboard.org/idoc/

Financial aid award details and notices about incomplete applications may be accessed at the secure financial aid portal amherst.edu/go/netpartner 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.

Class of 2019 Admitted Students:  If you are a financial aid applicant, you may expect to receive an email confirming that your aid eligibility has been determined and/or notifying you of missing information that must still be submitted. You may access information on the status of your financial aid application (including any missing documents) through the “Documents” tab of  NetPartner.

Admitted Student Open House financial aid appointments should be made with the Office of Financial Aid directly.  Please call (413) 542-2296 to schedule an appointment. 


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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.