Important Dates

Amherst College established a Student Emergency Fund in the fall of 2020 for students who experience financial strain and need supplemental resources due to temporary hardship. The funding is intended to assist students with meeting immediate needs so that they can continue their studies with minimal disruption.

Please note: We will not be able to approve all requests, but we can assist in directing students toward other funding options, which can include loan options.  Also, all requests will be held in complete confidence, with only aggregate information potentially shared with Advancement to further fundraising efforts.

Funding Eligibility

Please review the following eligibility criteria before submitting your form request. Also, review the FAQ below to answer questions about the funding process and additional eligibility requirements.

What Is Eligible

  • Medical expenses that are not already covered by other means (emergency and non-recurring)
  • Essential educational-related materials that are lost, damaged, stolen
  • Transportation, food, or lodging as a result of unexpected emergency circumstances

What Is Not Eligible

  • Living and personal expenses (including storage) during periods between academic terms, including summer
  • Books and personal expenses such as winter clothing
  • Unreimbursed medical expenses, eyeglasses and dental expenses causing pain (covered by financial aid)
  • Routine travel during semester breaks
  • Emergency needs that are for the benefit of family members

Annual Access Grants

Annual access grants are part of an enhanced grant program that provides funds to help purchase items like laptops and winter clothing, additional travel, or to cover job search expenses and other items to support their Amherst experience. These funds are automatically distributed; eligible students are notified via email from the Office of Financial Aid.

Student Emergency Fund FAQ

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Student Emergency Fund Form

Please use the following link to submit your application to the Student Emergency Fund form. Further instructions are on the form page. (NOTE: Login required)

Additional Resources

Please contact the office or group directly with specific questions

Updated: December 8, 2023

Academic and Hygiene Resource

The Class & Access Resource Center (CARC) offers free academic materials including notebooks, planners, pencils, highlighters, etc to first generation, low-income, transfer, and veteran students. The CARC also offers hygiene supplies including toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, shampoo, laundry detergent, and soap. Stop by Keefe 204, M-F 9am-6pm. Email with any questions.

Class & Access Resource Center (CARC)

Loaner Laptop / Device

Information Technology offers short-term loaner laptop, iPad, or deactivated iPhone during repair or replacement of your device. Requests are fulfilled on a first come, first served basis. This service is based on available inventory. The link below will access the request form (login required). Students who need to purchase a computer, can request a loan through financial aid.

Request Loaner Laptop/Device

Storage Subsidy

The College offers a limited cost subsidy for use with Boomerang Storage. Subsidies cover Boomerang’s one-time registration fee and up to 4 boxes, totes, or luggage (size 4.5 cubic feet or smaller) for one, two or three consecutive terms (Spring/Summer/Fall).  Boomerang’s standard boxes meet these criteria.  Boxes/totes/luggage numbering more than 4 items, any furniture, and other items are not included in the subsidy, and can be stored, at the typical Boomerang rate, by the student. To learn more about requesting a Storage Subsidy Code please review the details using the link below and complete the request form.

Storage Information

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Contact Financial Aid

Contact financial aid for needs that are not covered by the Emergency Fund, including an education-related computer, unreimbursed medical expenses, eyeglasses and dental expenses causing pain.