Financial Aid & Costs

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We’re committed to making an Amherst education affordable to every admitted student.

Your family’s financial circumstances will never affect whether you’re admitted or not.

The majority of our students pay less—often far less—than the cost of attendance. Under our need-blind admission policy, 60 percent of our students receive financial aid.


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Is Amherst a Good Deal?

Interview by Peter Rooney

The New York Times recently assessed the net price of a college education by subtracting each school’s average financial aid package of grants and scholarships from its total price. This analysis revealed Amherst’s net price of $13,805 to be lower than that of any other highly selective college or university. Dean of Admission Tom Parker and Dean of Financial Aid Joe Case answered our questions about this analysis.

Costs for International Students

The following budget presents typical expenses for an international student at Amherst in the 2015-2016 academic year. The budget includes allowances for living expenses during vacations and holidays.

Costs at Amherst

The following budget presents typical expenses for an Amherst student for the 2015-2016 academic year. This budget is used by the Office of Financial Aid to calculate financial need and to determine financial aid awards.