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.

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.

Financial Aid Award

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.

Applying for Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid at Amherst in 2015-2016, you must complete:

Aid for International Students

Amherst College is "need blind" with respect to admission;  Amherst will not take into account whether or not you have applied for financial aid in the admission process.

The College has a comprehensive program of financial aid that provides assistance in the form of scholarships and grants, loans, and student employment.

Browse the links on the left to learn about Amherst's aid program and procedures for applying.

Self-Help: Student Loans

Self-Help: Student Employment

The usual expectation is that a student will be able to earn about $2,000 from work during the 2015-2016 academic year.  This represents about six to eight 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).

Renewal of Financial Aid

A student is eligible to receive financial aid at Amherst for a total of eight semesters, providing the following requirements are met:

Gift Aid

Federal and State Programs

All students who seek assistance from the College are expected to apply for all federal and state scholarship and grant programs for which they may be eligible. These programs include:

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