Office of Financial Aid Vision Statement

The 蹤獲扦 Office of Financial Aid continues to serve as leaders in the principles and administration of financial aid by elevating the needs of students, and by delivering limits with grace and respect for diverse cultures so that all students and families feel heard and seen. The Colleges cultural diversity requires a practice of continual learning so that equity in policies reflects culturally relevant practices. Staff balance a student-centered culture with the responsible stewardship of all financial aid funds. We emphasize and model the partnership in funding, as students, families and the College work together to develop a financing plan.

Where to Find Us

The Office of Financial Aid is located in B-5 Converse Hall - on the basement level. From the front entrance, take the stairwell to the left of the Cole Assembly Room and follow the signs down to our office. We are also accessible from a entrance on the north/parking lot side of the building where the mailboxes are located.

Contact Information

Office of Financial Aid

Main Contact

B-5 Converse Hall
100 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002
413-542-2296 finaid@amherst.edu

How to Contact Us

When emailing us, please use finaid@amherst.edu so that we can direct your inquiry to the staff member best able to address your question in a timely way.

On-campus ext. 2781
FAX: (413) 542-2628

Important Information

School Codes:
CSS PROFILE Code: 3003
FAFSA School Code: 002115

Academic Year Hours:
Monday Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Gail W. Holt

Gail W. Holt

Dean of Financial Aid

Converse Hall
Focus on: Strategic direction of financial aid and support of the financial aid team. Cross campus and external partnerships to support the administration of financial support to students.
Favorite Hobby: Running, hiking, biking
Happy Place: My happy place is outside, whether it is running, biking or hiking. I specifically like the beach and the ocean. I enjoy the gifts of nature and the beauty we are fortunate to have. Nature can heal and restore our mind and soul.
Pronouns:  she/her
Michael P. Ellison

Michael P. Ellison

Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid.

Focus on: Prospective Students, Athletics liaison, First-year students with last name Dj-M, Transfers, QuestBridge, Pell Grant program management, Renewals: Sophomores, Appeals
Favorite Hobby: Music is most important to me. Its been a huge part of my life since my beginning (my parents were both music educators). There are too many to choose from, but Steely Dans Aja album (especially on vinyl) is the best performed/recorded album of all time.
Pronouns:  he/him
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Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson

Associate Dean of Financial Aid

Focus on: International students, Study Away, Financial Aid Peer Ambassadors, First-year students with last name A-Di, Renewals: Juniors, Appeals
Favorite Hobby: I enjoying riding my bike, playing golf and fishing.
Favorite Quote: "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Nelson Mandela
Pronouns: he/him
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Heidi M. Bohn

Heidi M. Bohn

Associate Dean of Financial Aid

Focus on: VA School Certifying Official, Medical Grant, First-Year: N-Z, Renewals: Seniors, Appeals
Favorite Hobby: Running, basketball, digging in the dirt, laughing so hard it hurts
Happy Place: Being in nature, hanging with my chickens, relaxing in my hammock, paddling in my kayak
Favorite Quote: Ive learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
Pronouns: she/her/ella
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Nancy A. Brownfield

Nancy A. Brownfield

Financial Aid Counselor

Focus on: External Scholarships, Loan Processing, Disbursing Financial Aid
Favorite Hobby: I enjoy training my dogs to compete in obedience, agility, and conformation. I have two Windsprites (sighthounds) and regularly attend the Windsprite Specialty Shows. Our favorite activity at the show is the straight line racing where the dogs chase a lure across a field.
Pronouns: she/her
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Jose Infante

Jose Infante

Associate Director of Student Employment and Office Operations

Converse Hall Room B005B

Focus on: Student Employment
Favorite Hobby: Im a big soccer fan and I really enjoy playing soccer or watching a soccer game with family and friends. Coaching and sharing the values that I've learned are also one of my passions, so my next step would be training and coaching kids as a natural transition from my role as an amateur player to a kids soccer coach.
Happy Place: Home
Favorite Quote: Try to be a rainbow in someones cloud.
Pronouns: he/him
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Adrian K. Martin

Adrian K. Martin

Assistant Dean of Financial Aid and Diversity Outreach

Favorite Hobby: Reading, singing
Happy Place: In an apple orchard in Vermont, looking at the autumn leaves
Favorite Quote: "The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity." Glenn Gould
Pronouns: he/him
Lauryn D. Valdez

Lauryn D. Valdez

Assistant Director of Financial Aid Systems

Converse Hall
Focus on: Financial Aid Systems
Favorite Hobby: Cycling, hiking or anything outdoors
Favorite Quote: "You live but once. Might as well be amusing" - Coco Chanel
Pronouns: she/her
Samantha Kolodziej

Samantha Kolodziej

Financial Aid Assistant and Office Administrator

Focus on: In-person reception, phone calls, email correspondence
Favorite hobby: Drawing, painting, reading and watching soccer
Favorite Quote: You don't have to be brilliant, you just have to be brave
Pronouns: she/her

Shaina Wise

Shaina Wise

Student Employment Assistant

Focus on: Student Employment
Favorite Hobby: Traveling to new places, playing video games and board games with family, binge watching the latest TV show, reading.
Happy Place: Anywhere I can enjoy a breezy summer day.
Pronouns: she/her