Financial Aid & Costs

Two Amherst students chat in a common room

We’re committed to making an Amherst education affordable to every admitted student.

Your family’s financial circumstances will never affect whether you’re admitted or not.

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.)

“Rising Star” Is Amherst’s New Financial Aid Dean

Submitted on Wednesday, 2/6/2013, at 12:56 PM

February 6, 2013

Gail Holt (photo courtesy of Beth Haller Photography)

AMHERST, Mass. -- Gail Holt, Mount Holyoke College’s Senior Associate Director of Student Financial Services, will be Amherst College’s new Dean of Financial Aid beginning March 1, following a national search to replace Joe Paul Case, who recently retired after 31 years of service.

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.

NPR: Behind The Scenes: How Do You Get Into Amherst?

National Public Radio’s Tovia Smith featured Amherst’s admission team in a lengthy piece about the college search process.

Three Amherst College students receive Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Awards Scholarships

August 26, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. -- Three students entering Amherst College this fall are among 39 recipients nationwide who have been named Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholars this year.

U.S. News & World Report

Amherst’s no-loans policy was mentioned in a feature about financial aid for college students.

Associated Press: Private colleges aim to rein in loan-free financial aid

In a piece that was picked up by USA Today, The New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, among other newspapers, President Anthony Marx explains the college’s reason for remaining committed the no-loans policy, saying “we have to remain accessible to the middle class, where we had under-representation and where there is so much talent.