His Ministry is Higher Ed

By Emily Gold Boutilier

Photo by Samuel Masinter ’04

[Financial aid] Amherst’s financial aid program is regularly cited as one of the best, thanks in large part to Dean of Financial Aid Joe Paul Case, who retired in November after 31 years at Amherst. (His replacement, Gail Holt, started March 1.)

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.


Many more ask colleges for aid

"We have made it a priority to reach out to students who are bright but don't have the resources," said Joe Paul Case, Amherst's director of financial aid, in this Boston Globe article about the impact of the credit crunch on today's undergraduates.

Amherst College Financial Aid Dean Joe Paul Case Receives National Award

August 4, 2004 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.-The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators presented a Meritorious Achievement Award to Joe Paul Case, dean and director of financial aid at Amherst College, at its recent Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. NASFAA presents Meritorious Achievement Awards to individuals who have made an important contributions to the profession.