The following budget presents typical expenses for an Amherst student for the 2016-2017 academic year. This budget is used by the Office of Financial Aid to calculate financial need and to determine financial aid awards.

Student Expense Budget 2016-2017

Comprehensive Fee (tuition, room, and board) $ 65,330
Other Student Fees $ 856
Health Insurance* (waivable) $ 1,882
Books and Supplies (estimated) $ 1,000
Personal Expenses (estimated) $ 1,800
Travel/Transportation ** (varies by location) $ 50 - 2,500
Total Cost of Attendance 70,918 - $73,368

*Amherst College requires that all students participate in the College's health insurance plan or have comparable medical insurance. All students will be billed this amount.  For students not covered by family insurance and receiving financial aid, request for a Health Scholarship is available.

**Costs for transportation within the U.S.—usually two round-trips home—is included above.

The College annually evaluates its fees and makes adjustments when necessary. Financial aid awards will always be based on the fees in effect during the year of award.  Students who require financial aid because of changes in fees may apply for assistance in any academic year.

It should be noted that the comprehensive fee covers only a portion of your educational expenses at Amherst.  A year of education at the College actually costs approximately $99,000, but income from the College's endowment and from gifts and grants supplies the difference between that amount and the amount students are charged.