January 2022 FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What happens if I submit financial aid documents after January 10th?
A. Your application will still be considered. Your aid eligibility will not be impacted by the submission of documents after January 10th, but we urge you to submit application materials as soon as possible.
2. When can I expect to receive access to my Amherst Financial Aid Portal?
A. You will receive an email with instructions to access your portal after your admission application is processed. You will access the Financial Aid Portal using the same username and password that you use to access your Admission Application Status Portal.
3. Can I receive a fee payment code for the CSS Profile?
A. International applicants for whom the CSS Profile application fee will present a serious financial hardship should submit a request to complete the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) by logging into their admission account. Applicants utilizing the ISFAA will upload the completed form to the Financial Aid Portal. Please allow several business days to process your request to submit the ISFAA. You can submit this form after January 10th.
4. What is the status of my financial aid application?
A. Students may check the status of their financial aid application and confirm receipt of documents online at http://amherst.edu/go/faportal. CSS Profiles and documents submitted through IDOC will be reflected in your Financial Aid Portal some time after January 3rd.
5. How do I apply for financial aid at Amherst College?
A. Please click here to find detailed instructions on applying for financial aid at Amherst: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/financialaid/firstyear_transfer. Please choose the appropriate link on the left hand side of the page for more information.
6. How do I submit documentation for my financial aid file?
A. After you submit your CSS Profile, you will be able to upload documentation via IDOC. International applicants should use the financial aid portal to upload income and tax documents, if applicable. More information for International students can be found at https://www.amherst.edu/offices/financialaid/international_students.
7. My portal indicates that I am missing a student W-2 but I submitted a W-2 Substitute.
A. If you listed wages on your aid application, we will need a copy of the W-2 issued to you by your employer. If you did not receive a W-2, please provide a brief explanation (I was paid in cash for odd jobs, babysitting, etc.) via email.