Amherst College

National College Match Scholarship Package

These numbers are based on costs for the 2018-2019 school year. Amounts will change slightly from year to year, but as the cost of college increases, the scholarship packages will correspondingly increase.

Annual Cost of Attendance



Room & Board


Books & Supplies



$50 - $2,500



Required Fees


Health Insurance



$76,354 - $78,804

How Costs Are Covered (annually)


$73,154 - $75,604

Federal Work-Study


Student Summer Work Contribution


Student Savings


Parent Contribution


Student Loan



$76,354 - $78,804

Policy Regarding Outside Funding
Amherst allows outside funding and employer tuition benefits to first replace self-help (work), rather than scholarship, in a financial aid award. Outside funding in excess of work will reduce the Amherst College scholarship aid that would otherwise be provided. With the scholarship sponsor's permission, outside funding can be deferred to subsequent years, or used to purchase a personal computer to minimize the Amherst College scholarship reduction. An outside funding cannot be used to replace the expected family contribution.

Policy on Health Insurance
The state of Massachusetts requires all students to have health insurance. If a student is not covered by an insurance plan or if the coverage is not substantially equivalent while at Amherst, the Amherst grant will be increased to pay for the $1,938 student health insurance plan. Amherst will also cover up to $5,000 per year of unreimbursed medical/dental expenses, if needed.

Policy on Travel Allowance
The transportation component of the cost of attendance varies from $50-$2,500, depending upon location. For locations where the transportation allowance is less than the $1,000 student income/summer savings expectation, the $1,000 student income contribution is intended to cover transportation and part of your personal expenses. For locations where the transportation allowance is greater than $1,000, the Amherst College scholarship is increased to cover these transportation expenses.

Requirements Associated with Maintaining this Award
Amherst will select students through the National College Match whose parents qualify for a zero contribution to the cost of an Amherst education. Students can use the cost calculators on the Amherst website to assist in determining financial eligibility for the Match. QuestBridge candidates who do not meet this financial threshold are encouraged to apply as Early or Regular Decision candidates and, as with all students offered admission qualifying for aid, have their full demonstrated financial need met for four years, without packaged loans. All financial aid recipients are required to reapply for aid annually with updated financial documents. As long as a Match Scholar continues to qualify for need-based financial aid, the terms of the Match Scholarship will not change. The standard earning contribution increases modestly for all students in the upper class years. In addition, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress, as evidenced by their ability to continue enrollment at Amherst. 

Other Details
Students may replace the $1,000 student income/summer savings expectation with a loan or additional work. Once during four years, Amherst will replace the expected summer earnings with a scholarship if the student spends the summer doing unpaid community service work or an unpaid internship with no compensation or fellowship, stipend, or other support.

Music scholarships are available to cover the cost of for-credit music lessons. 

Special Note
The above budget presents typical expenses for an Amherst student for the 2018-2019 academic year. This budget is used by the Office of Financial Aid to calculate financial need and to determine financial aid awards.

The award letter is not official unless it comes from Amherst; the QuestBridge "award letter" does not represent a commitment from the college.

For more information see the Amherst College Office of Financial Aid website.