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.

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.