Tuition statements are made available to students and others granted access by students electronically in July (due in August) and December (due in January). If you have questions about tuition or financial aid, call the Office of Financial Aid at 413-542-2296.
Tom Parker, dean of admission and financial aid, discussed Amherst's decision to replace student loans with grants and scholarships in a lengthy lead story in the Jan. 10-16 edition of the The Valley Advocate. "Amherst College's bold new plan offers graduates the better of two futures," reads a line on the cover of the issue.
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.
Any student may apply for student financial aid for the 2015-16 academic year, regardless of whether he or she is currently receiving assistance. The application deadline is April 25, 2015 (November 1, 2015 for returning Spring 2016 students).
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.