Aid for First-Year and Transfer Students

Your educational objectives should be the most important factors in choosing a college, but the cost of attendance may also be a major consideration for you and your family.  Amherst College is committed to making financial aid available to all students with financial need so that cost does not become the determining factor in making a decision about Amherst.  For this reason, you should not fail to apply for admission to Amherst because of financial need.

Financial Aid Award

Once your financial need is determined, a financial aid award that is equal to your need will be offered. Notices of financial aid awards will be sent soon after admission letters are mailed to first-year and transfer applicants. The award is sometimes called an "aid package" because it may include both self-help (employment) and gift aid (scholarships and grants). Students with lower financial need will be offered self-help.

Aid for International Students

Amherst College is "need blind" with respect to admission;  Amherst will not take into account whether or not you have applied for financial aid in the admission process.

The College has a comprehensive program of financial aid that provides assistance in the form of scholarships and grants, loans, and student employment.

Browse the links on the left to learn about Amherst's aid program and procedures for applying.

Aid for Parents

There are several programs that can assist your parents in meeting their obligation for your college costs. Here is a summary of a number of parent loans and family financing alternatives.

Domestic Study or Study Abroad

Students who qualify for financial aid at Amherst College may apply their aid to study at another institution within the United States or abroad, subject to the following conditions:

Your proposed coursework must be approved and considered full-time and equal to a full semester's worth of credit toward your degree at Amherst College as determined by the Registrar of Amherst College.

Office of Financial Aid

You CAN afford Amherst. At Amherst, we’re committed to making sure an Amherst education is affordable to EVERY admitted student.