The College established a new Student Emergency Fund for students who experience financial strain and need supplemental resources due to temporary hardship. The funds distributed may cover expenses such as unforeseen medical costs, financial stress around housing, food insecurity, and emergency travel. The Student Emergency Fund may also be used to cover unanticipated local storage costs during the pandemic.
Amherst maintains a generous financial aid program and is among the minority in offering significant enhancements for students. This fund has been established to meet unique categories not already covered, while recognizing that no college can meet all personal costs for students. Non-recurring and unanticipated expenses in which support can be tied to educational success will be considered.
The fund is not intended to support the purchase or repair of an education-related computer, students may borrow a student loan for this purpose through Financial Aid or request a loaner computer from the Information Technology department.
Students should explore all financial aid options prior to making requests of the fund. NOTE: The maximum award is $1,000 per academic year.
TEXT UPDATED: November 9, 2020