Tuition and Cost to Attend Amherst College

CollegeCalc Highest List Price Rank - 19th

Annual Total Cost

The annual total list price cost to go to Amherst College was $59,744 for the 2013/2014 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Massachusetts residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Amherst College is $45,800 for the 2013/2014 academic year. This is 87% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $24,476. Amherst College is one of the 100 most expensive colleges in the America, coming in 19th on our Expensive 100 Ranking. The cost is $18,330 and 67% more expensive than the average Massachusetts tuition of $27,470 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 83rd in Massachusetts amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 2nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $774 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $46,574.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,170 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Amherst should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

Costs and Tuition for Amherst College
Expenditure Price
Massachusetts Resident Total Cost $59,744
   In-State Tuition$45,800
   Other Fees$774
   Room and Board$12,170
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Cost $59,744
   Out-of-State Tuition$45,800
   Other Fees$774
   Room and Board$12,170
   Books and Supplies$1,000

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 academic years.


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What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $59,744 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Amherst College net price for in-state students $22,022* for the 2011/2012 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

65% of Amherst College students received grant aid in 2010/2011. The average total aid amount was $36,338. 22 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2010/2011 was $4,145. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Amherst College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Amherst College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$22,022*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid65%
Average Total Grant Aid$36,338
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants22%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,145

Average Net Price by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last reported for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$3,614
$30,001 to $48,000$6,248
$48,001 to $75,000$11,350
$75,001 to $110,000$16,818

Average Financial Aid Mix - $59,744 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $59,744. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 61% - $36,338

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Amherst College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 8% - $5,055

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 31% -  $18,351

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Amherst College is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 98/100 for Amherst College. Considering an average net price paid of $17,574, this leads to an overall value ranking of 82/100. This places the school 32nd on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Amherst College
Williams College1.2% more expensive
Wesleyan University1.9% more expensive
Wellesley College5.5% less expensive
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering8.3% less expensive
Boston College2% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Amherst College.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Amherst College is $238,976 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $17,574 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $70,296**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $298,720 or $87,870 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Amherst College.

Massachusetts Resident Tuition Per Semester$22,900
Massachusetts Resident Total Cost Per Semester$29,872

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 17% of Amherst College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,055. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $14,566.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Amherst College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $70,296, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $88,076.45. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Amherst College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 65% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $17,574. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Amherst College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Amherst College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$733.97
Amount Borrowed$70,296.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$17,780.45
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$88,076.45

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Amherst College? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Amherst College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $88,076.45 would be needed to afford a $733.97 monthly payment in the example $70,296.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Amherst College in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $34,280 to $42,898. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $238,976.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Amherst College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2020$82,162$328,648
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2025$104,862$419,447
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2030 $133,833$535,333
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2033 $154,929$619,714

Tuition History

What was tuition at Amherst College five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Amherst College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 25 62% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 15 65% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 12 50% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 10 68% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 7 47% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 65% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 7 68% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 52% costlier
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Bachelor's Degree 7 68% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 6 31% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 39% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 5 64% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 62% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 5 64% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 54% costlier
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 4 19% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 43% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 30% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 3 29% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 3 50% costlier
Astronomy Bachelor's Degree 3 31% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 3 59% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 2 61% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 2 63% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 57% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 43% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 2 62% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 67% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 72% costlier
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 30% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 43% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 33% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 44% costlier
European Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier
Latin Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 29% costlier


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About Amherst College

Amherst College is a four year private college located in Amherst, Massachusetts.  Full time enrollment is 1,791 and part time is 0.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 8,461 applicants. 1,127 were admitted and 461 enrolled.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Amherst College
Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, Massachusetts

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Amherst College is a private not for profit institution.

Amherst College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education IPEDS survey data.


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