Self Help and Information

College life can be stressful at times. You're away from home and the support of friends and family. You may face academic and social pressures, and pressure to come up with your plan for the future. There may be times when you struggle. Use the following pages to learn more about particular concerns and the resources available to you. If you're interested in hearing more about mental health and wellness programs, events and tips, "like" us on Facebook.

Self-Help: Student Loans

Amherst College has replaced the loan component of all financial aid awards with scholarship aid.  This loan elimination represents a huge financial commitment by the College and is expected to aid middle income families applying to Amherst.

Students may still choose to borrow a student loan to purchase a computer, replace an expected summer savings shortfall, or replace work in the financial aid package.

Self-Help: Student Employment

The usual expectation is that a student will be able to earn about $2,000 in 2015-2016 from work during the academic year. This expectation represents about seven hours of work each week.  Job opportunities include work on campus in the College's food service, physical plant, libraries, laboratories, art gallery and studios, and academic and administrative offices. The range of hourly wages for student employment on campus in 2014-2015 is from $8.00 to $12.00 (as of January 2015, Massachusetts minimum wage will rise to $9.00 per hour).

Self-Help: Student Loans

Amherst College financial aid packages do not include student loans to meet demonstrated financial need. Students may still decide to borrow loans to purchase a computer, replace the student income contribution, or replace work in the financial aid package.  All student loan programs provide for long-term repayment at moderate interest rates.  The repayment period may be as long as ten years and a monthly minimum payment is required. Repayment of principal is not required while a student is enrolled at Amherst or another recognized post secondary institution.