The Grant-In-Aid Program

Educational Grant-In-Aid for Children of Employees of Amherst College and the Folger Shakespeare Library


a. The Program is extended to all regular full time and part time faculty, Trustee-Appointed, and staff employees at Amherst College and the Folger Shakespeare Library after the satisfaction of a five-year waiting period. If the College or Library employs both parents, only one grant shall apply.

b. To be eligible to receive this benefit, regular faculty, Trustee-appointed or staff employees must be employed continuously for the full time equivalent of five years, immediately preceding the semester for which the grant is being paid. Regular part time service may be used in the calculation of a five-year the waiting period. The waiting period may also include time worked immediately preceding employment with Amherst at educational institutions with a grant-in-aid program, or waived for those who had met grant-in-aid eligibility requirements at another type of employer immediately preceding employment at Amherst.

c. Children of eligible faculty members, Trustee-appointed or staff employees who retire or die while employed by Amherst College or the Folger Shakespeare Library will continue to receive the grant if the eligible dependent is enrolled at a qualifying institution as noted below at the time of the death or retirement of the parent. Appointees who otherwise separate from the College prior to the start of the semester will not be eligible to participate in the Plan. Appointees who otherwise separate from the College during the semester will be responsible for refunding to the College a prorated share of the value of the Grant-In-Aid payment determined by the College.


a. Recipient must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate in an accredited four-year college or university, an accredited two-year college, or a program of training at an accredited institution that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation (i.e. vocational technical school, culinary school etc.).

b. Recipient of this grant must be claimed as a dependent child of the eligible parent on their state or federal tax return.


a. Grants will be made yearly for each eligible child and will be limited to $17,400 per year or the tuition of the institution attended, whichever is the lower. Such grants will be limited to four academic years or eight academic semesters, or the equivalent, at a qualifying institution. Eligible part-time employees will receive a payment pro-rated on the basis of their work schedule at the time of the grant payment.

b. Board, room, and other special fees such as student activity fees, health fees, music fees, etc. are not covered by this grant.

c. An application per child must be completed each semester in Workday. Payments will be made directly to the college or university attended in two equal installments on or about August 15th or December 15th. Those eligible for this Grant-In-Aid may obtain forms at the Office of Human Resources or from the College’s website. A copy of current tuition charges must accompany a Grant-In-Aid application. 

d. Employees separating from the College during a semester in which Grant-In-Aid has been awarded must reimburse the College a prorated share of the benefit received.


a. Parents of the child may, but need not, apply for additional financial aid directly to the college or university attended or from any other source. Such additional aid, if granted, will not affect the amount of the Amherst College grant. However, this grant may be considered in calculating financial aid awards by the college or university attended.

b. Currently, the grants extended by the College are not generally considered taxable income. However, there may be some instances when the payment will be taxed. The individual will be informed if this is the case. Should there be a change in the tax laws, or a need to restructure the College’s fringe benefit package for whatever reasons, the nature and applicability of the benefit will be reviewed and may, upon approval by the Board of Trustees, be changed. The College does not, in any case, guarantee the after-tax value of the tuition grants.

Grant-in-Aid application available on Workday