Students wishing to apply for financial aid for the 2017-18 academic year may do so whether she or he is curently receiving assistance from the college or not. The 2017-18 application for renewal of financial aid due date is March 1, 2017 (please note this new application due date). Tax and W-2 information for 2015 should also be submitted via IDOC.
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).
If you receive any assistance from an organization outside of the College, this aid must be taken into consideration in calculating your financial aid award. For this reason, you are required to report any such aid, regardless of amount, to the Office of Financial Aid.
Frequently Asked Questions about Financial Aid for International Students
Is Amherst "need-blind"?
Amherst College is "need-blind" in evaluating international students. In considering you for admission, Amherst will not take into consideration whether or not you have applied for financial aid.
Last year Amherst received 1,873 admission applications from international students. Of these, 1,498 also applied for financial aid. 116 applicants were admitted, and 85 were admitted with a financial aid award; 34 of these students enrolled at Amherst.
All financial aid at Amherst is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need. You demonstrate 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.
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.