Four New Amherst College Programs to Boost Higher Ed Access and Success for Low-Income Students

January 16, 2014

 

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** Editor’s note: The college’s following efforts were covered or mentioned by several media outlets, including Bloomberg News, CNN Money, The Boston Globe, Radio Boston and the Daily Hampshire Gazette, among others.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —At a White House summit devoted to improving access and success for low-income students nationally, Amherst College President Biddy Martin today announced four new initiatives aimed at providing low-income students access to college and fostering their success in higher education at Amherst and beyond.

Katharine Fretwell ’81 Named Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Amherst College; Longtime Dean Tom Parker to Retire

Submitted on Friday, 12/20/2013, at 9:20 AM

December 19, 2013

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Katharine “Katie” Fretwell

AMHERST, Mass.—Katharine “Katie” Fretwell , a 1981 graduate of Amherst College who has served her alma mater’s Admission Office in various capacities for nearly 25 years, has been appointed dean of admission and financial aid at the college, effective July 1, 2014. Fretwell, currently the dean of admission, succeeds Amherst’s longtime Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Tom Parker, who will retire at the end of June. Parker’s retirement ends an illustrious 15-year career at the college.

Amherst Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Diversity Case

Submitted on Friday, 9/14/2012, at 11:19 AM

September 5, 2012

In a show of support for the importance of diversity in higher education, Amherst College organized and led a group of other “highly selective” liberal arts schools from across the country in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Fisher v. University of Texas case last month.

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.

An Amherst Q&A on Paying for College

Submitted on Tuesday, 5/22/2012, at 3:34 PM

Interview by Peter Rooney

Throughout their decades-long careers, Thomas H. Parker and Joe Paul Case have engaged in hundreds of conversations about the cost of higher education.

Recently, Parker, Amherst College’s dean of admission, and Case, the college’s dean of financial aid, chatted about college costs once more. Their conversation came against the backdrop of a recent New York Times analysis that used the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator website to assess the net price of a college education by subtracting an institution’s average financial aid package of grants and scholarships from its total price. The analysis included charts of the nation’s lowest- and highest-net-price private and public colleges and universities, and revealed that Amherst’s net price of  $13,805 is the lowest of all highly selective colleges and universities.

Dean of Admissions Addresses Application Leap

Thomas H. Parker, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, was quoted in a Feb. 16 Boston Globe article remarking on the recording-breaking amount of applications to the school. Amherst's 1 percent jump was keeping his staff busy, he told the newspaper. “You hire somebody new to read all these applications in the spring, and then in the fall they can’t sit there and twiddle their thumbs, so they go out and recruit like the rest of us,’’ Parker said.

Boston Globe: Campus tours thriving

Amherst’s Dean of Admission Tom Parker discussed the surge in campus visitors participating in tours in this article.

Newsweek: The New GI Bill

Amherst was mentioned in this article about the new GI Bill and the few U.S. institutions, including the college, that have already signed on.

Amherst College Creates Scholarship Fund for American Veterans

December 9, 2008                    

AMHERST, Mass.–Amherst College has created a permanently endowed scholarship fund for veterans of the U.S. armed forces who are accepted by and enroll at the liberal arts school. The Veterans Scholarship Fund, as it is called, will provide enough financial aid to cover the full demonstrated need of qualified former American servicemen and servicewomen, starting in the fall of 2009.

Christian Science Monitor: Study: U.S. financial aid fails students who need it most

Dean of Admission Tom Parker commented on the possibility of eliminating the FAFSA form--and boosting applications from low-income students--in this story that ran in the Christian Science Monitor.

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