Office of Financial Aid Vision Statement

The Amherst College 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 College’s 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.

Contact Information

Office of Financial Aid

Main Contact

B-5 Converse Hall
100 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002
413-542-2296 finaid@amherst.edu

How to Contact Us

When emailing us, please use finaid@amherst.edu so that we can direct your inquiry to the staff member best able to address your question in a timely way.

On-campus ext. 2781
FAX: (413) 542-2628

Important Information

School Codes:
CSS PROFILE Code: 3003
FAFSA School Code: 002115

Academic Year Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Gail W. Holt

Gail W. Holt

Dean of Financial Aid

Converse Hall

Happy Place: My happy place is outside, whether it is running, biking or hiking. I specifically like the beach and the ocean. I enjoy the gifts of nature and the beauty we are fortunate to have. Nature can heal and restore our mind and soul.

Michael P. Ellison

Michael P. Ellison

Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid.

Converse Hall

Focus on: Prospective Students, First-year students with last name F-M, Transfers, Sophomores, QuestBridge, Pell Grant program

Favorite Hobby: Music is most important to me. It’s been a huge part of my life since my beginning (my parents were both music educators). There are too many to choose from, but Steely Dan’s Aja album (especially on vinyl) is the best performed/recorded album of all time.

Traniece Bruce

Traniece Bruce

Associate Dean of Financial Aid, Equity and Access

Focus on: First-year students with last name N-Z, Seniors, Veteran Certifying Official

Happy Place: My happy place is art - in all forms. Specifically, I have been a poet and spoken word artist for over 20 years. Art allows your mind to function without boundaries.This is what I enjoy most about art.

Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson

Associate Dean of Financial Aid

Focus on: International students, Study Away, First-year students with last name A-E, Juniors

Favorite Quote: "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Nelson Mandela

Nancy A. Brownfield

Nancy A. Brownfield

Financial Aid Counselor

Converse Hall

Focus on: External Scholarships, Loan Processing

Favorite Hobby: I enjoy training my dogs to compete in obedience, agility, and conformation. I have two Windsprites (sighthounds) and regularly attend the Windsprite Specialty Shows. Our favorite activity at the show is the straight line racing where the dogs chase a lure across a field.

Jose Infante

Jose Infante

Student Employment Manager

Converse Hall

Focus on: Student Employment

Favorite Hobby: I’m a big soccer fan and I really enjoy playing soccer or watching a soccer game with family and friends. Coaching and sharing the values that I've learned are also one of my passions, so my next step would be training and coaching kids as a natural transition from my role as an amateur player to a kids’ soccer coach.