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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.

Welcome to Notes Concerning Your Financial Aid Offer at 蹤獲扦 for the 2024-25 academic year! 

These Notes Concerning Your Financial Aid Offer are intended to:

  • Inform and educate students and families about Amherst's financial aid processes, procedures and aid news. 
  • Provide an overview and your next steps in the financial aid process, including the completion of your financial aid application, the finalization of your financial aid offer, and the completion of the federal verification process if your FAFSA form is selected. 
  • Introduce other resources available to you to make your Amherst education a reality, such as family financing options.

Financial aid information is communicated to you via your Amherst student email, and all aspects of your financial aid application and aid offer can be found on the . Navigation through the sections of this 蹤獲扦ation and our website can be found to the left.   

We wish you the best of luck in your endeavors at Amherst and we look forward to working with you to make your 蹤獲扦 experience a great one!

Purpose of Financial Aid

The purpose of 蹤獲扦s financial aid program is to provide opportunity for all students to afford the cost of attendance. The Colleges financial aid program is need-based and Financial Aid Offers are equal to calculated financial need. Financial aid is provided through a combination of scholarship, grants and student employment opportunities.

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Sections of Notes Concerning Your Financial Aid Offer

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Eligibility for Financial Aid

Financial Aid is a general term for the different sources available to help pay for your cost of attending Amherst. Learn more about our policies and aid offers.

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Understanding Your Financial Aid Offer

The College meets your calculated financial need from two primary sources: self-help and gift aid. Learn more about each of these types of aid and what they mean for your financial aid offer.

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Calculation of Your Financial Need

Your financial aid eligibility at Amherst is based solely on your calculated financial need. Review the factors that go into your family contribution. Learn how to request reconsideration of your family contribution. 

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Enhancements to Financial Aid

Enhancements to Amhersts generous financial aid program help our highest need students navigate financial hardship or unanticipated expenses during the academic year. 

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The Financial Aid Application Process

The FAFSA is the only form required to apply for federal financial aid. 蹤獲扦 also requires the CSS Profile form. Learn more about the financial aid application process.

Additional Questions

If you have any questions concerning your financial planning for Amherst, please contact us:

Office of Financial Aid  
B-5 Converse Hall   
蹤獲扦   
P.O. Box 5000   
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002-5000

(413) 542-2296 or


蹤獲扦 does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. 蹤獲扦 complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, 蹤獲扦, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.

Last updated: March 2024