: Amherst, Mass. Undergraduate enrollment
: 1,791 Total cost
: $55,098 Average need-based aid
: $41,991 Average net cost
: $13,107 Kiplinger's rank
: #4 among liberal-arts colleges
Founded in 1821 for "indigent young men of piety," Amherst eventually expanded its enrollment to include both men and women, of diverse backgrounds. But it continues to fulfill its mission by awarding generous financial aid to students with need. Amherst accepts students regardless of their ability to pay and meets 100% of need for students who qualify. Its no-loan financial aid policy allows those who borrow to graduate with less than $13,000 in average debt, less than half the national average.
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