Applying for Financial Aid at Amherst

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the ONLY form used to determine eligibility for the more than $6 million federal dollars administered each year by Amherst College. The CSS Profile form is used to determine eligibility for all Institutional sources of assistance, which total more than $59 million last year.

Submission Dates   
Early Decision November 16
Regular Decision January 4
Fall Transfer March 1
Spring Transfer November 2
Returning Students  All materials due by March 1

To be considered for Amherst College financial aid for the 2021-2022 academic year, all financial aid applicants must submit the following materials:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Federal school code: 002115
  • Canadian and other international students do not complete the FAFSA.

US Citizens and Permanent Residents ONLY:  To be considered for federal student financial aid, complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1, 2020. You will report your 2019 federal tax information on the 2021-22 FAFSA. The federal government will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR). Check all pages for accuracy and resubmit corrections if necessary. Amherst College's federal school code is 002115. Your eligibility for all federal aid will be based on the results of your processed FAFSA.

Canadian and other international students do not complete the FAFSA.

If you are married, or have dependent children of your own, you must complete an Independent Student Supplement and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid.

Note: Spring 2021 transfer applicants should complete the 2020-21 FAFSA using 2018 income information.

CSS Profile

  • CSS Profile code number: 3003

Complete the CSS Profile form for 2021-2022 and submit it to the College Board. Amherst College’s CSS Profile code number is 3003. The 2021-22 Profile form is available as of October 1, 2020.

If your parents are separated or divorced, both of the student's biological/adoptive parent(s) will complete their own CSS Profile. Each parent will access the CSS Profile with different log-in credentials. The non-custodial parent will need to create a College Board account before providing their information. It's highly recommended that the student and custodial parent start the CSS Profile first, as the non-custodial parent can't submit information until the student selects a school that requires the submission of non-custodial parent information.

International students must also complete the CSS Profile for 2021-2022 and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid.

Note: Spring 2021 transfer applicants should complete the 2020-21 Profile form and submit 2018 income documentation to IDOC.

Federal Tax Returns

Your and your parents' 2019 US, Canadian, Puerto Rican, or other government's income tax return(s). All schedules and attachments must be submitted. Copies of appropriate earnings statements (e.g. W-2 or 1099 forms) also must be submitted. If a return has been filed electronically, please transcribe that information onto standard forms for submission to the College Board. Amherst College uses the College Board's Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) to collect all tax information associated with applying for financial aid at Amherst.

If you or your parents did not and will not file an income tax return for 2019, this non-filing should be certified on the non-filer statement found on the forms section of our webpage; copies of earnings statements (W-2 forms) for any earnings should be included.

If your parents own an interest in a business corporation, submit a copy of the corporate tax return (and/or a copy of your parents' statement of "Shareholder's Share of Income, Credits, Deductions, Etc.," IRS Form 1120S, Schedule K-1). If your parents have income from a partnership, submit a copy of the partnership tax return (and/or a copy of your parents' statement of "Partner" Share of Income, Credits, Deductions, Etc.," IRS Form 1165, Schedule K-1).

U.S. Department of Education rules stipulate that you cannot receive federal student financial aid unless proper tax forms (and appropriate filing status) have been filed with the Internal Revenue Service if required. Because of parity of treatment of all aid applicants, these rules also apply to institutional aid. More details are available here.

 

Submission Dates   
Early Decision November 16
Regular Decision January 4
Fall Transfer March 1
Spring Transfer November 2
Returning Students  All materials due by March 1

 Note: Applications for financial aid will be accepted through February 12, 2021, for the 2020-21 academic year. 


IF YOU WILL BE SEEKING ONLY U.S. FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID, such as a Federal Direct Stafford Loan or Federal Direct PLUS (parent) Loan, please submit the following:

  • Free Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2021-22, which may be completed on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov after October 1, 2020.  Amherst’s FAFSA code number is 002115.

Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC)

US citizens and permanent residents who file the CSS PROFILE will receive an e-mail from the College Board on behalf of Amherst College.  This e-mail will outline the Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) which Amherst College uses to collect all tax information and supplements associated with applying for financial aid at Amherst.

Canadian and other international applicants should submit tax information to Amherst College directly and not to IDOC.

IDOC Processing Tips

All documents should be uploaded to the College Board (http://idoc.collegeboard.com) as one complete packet. Tax returns must be signed.  

In the case of divorced or separated parents, documents may be uploaded online separately and securely by each parent.

This page was last updated August 27, 2020.