Financial Need

All financial aid at Amherst is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need.  You show financial need if the resources that are available to you are not sufficient to cover your student budget.  The College expects that your parents will assist to the greatest extent their income and assets will permit and that you will share in the cost of your education through working, borrowing, and saving.

Frequently Asked Questions
for U.S. and Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

Is Amherst "need-blind"?

Yes, our admission policy is "need-blind."  This means that our admission decision is based solely on your achievements, talents and promise.  Your and your family's financial situation is not considered - it has no bearing on whether we offer you admission.

Financial Need