Financial Aid

Williams has one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country, thanks to generations of gifts from alumni, parents, and friends. It allows us to award more than $77 million a year in financial aid to more than half of all Williams’ students. Our financial aid program is based entirely on need, and we meet 100 percent of every student’s demonstrated need. We are committed to working with students and their families to make a Williams’ education affordable.

Here are application details for all applicants and current students.

First-Year Applicants

First-year applicants for whom Williams is their first-choice college may apply under the binding Early Decision program. The deadline for financial aid is November 15, and applicants will receive notice of a decision by December 15.

First-year applicants who wish to apply to more than one college should apply under the non-binding Regular Decision plan. The deadline for financial aid is January 8, and applicants will receive notice of a decision by April 1.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants who wish to apply for financial aid as part of the admissions process should do so by March 1 and applicants will receive notice of a decision by May 1.

Current Students

Current students who have received financial aid in past or would like to be considered for the first time should apply for financial aid annually. Preferred submission date for all current students is November 15 for the following academic year. Student who meet this submission date will expect to receive their award for the following academic year before the end of spring term. Please note that international students who did not apply for financial aid during the admission process will not receive financial aid during their time at Williams.

Contact Us

Here is detailed information about our policies and procedures as well as our most frequent questions. All applicants are assigned a financial aid advisor to walk them through each step and their advisor is listed on the award notice.

For more information please contact:

Student Financial Services
Williams College
Weston Hall
995 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
[email protected]

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