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Williams College, within the limits of available funds, offers educational opportunities to all who qualify for admission. Endowment income and annual contributions from alumni and friends allow Williams to keep tuition at about half the actual cost per student.

The Student Accounts Office oversees billing and expenses—detailed information can be found on their site.

Comprehensive Fee

Charges for 2019-20 tuition, room, board, and fees are as follows:

Tuition $56,970
Room $7,600
Board $7,390
Activities & Residential House Fees $310
Study Away Fee (if applicable) $1,500

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Health Insurance

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires health insurance for all full and three-quarter time students.

Williams offers a qualifying student health insurance plan through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBS). Information about the plan is emailed to every student in May. Students enrolled in the Williams plan for 2019-20 will be charged $2,134 for this coverage.

Participation in this plan may be waived if a student certifies prior to August 1 that the coverage offered by an alternative program is comparable to the plan offered by Williams. Questions about the plan or online waiver/enrollment process should be directed to Gallagher Student Health.

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Term Bill Payments

Term bills for one-half of the annual comprehensive fee are issued electronically to students twice a year:

  • mid-July due by August 15
  • mid-December due by January 15

Additional billing statements are sent on a monthly basis with any miscellaneous charges or credits that are posted to a student’s account during the course of the term.

Students are encouraged to grant access to parents and other parties to the Student Account Center to pay and view bills online. Payments may be made by echeck, ACH or by credit card (2.99% convenience fee). International payments may be made by wire transfer through Flywire. Payments may also be made by check, mailed directly to:

Williams College
Student Accounts Office
PO Box 406
Williamstown, MA 01267

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Payment Plans

Williams offers two installment payment plans, administered by Tuition Management Systems’ Student Account Center (SAC), where charges for each term are paid in equal installments, with no interest charges:

  • 5-month plan (July-November for fall and December-April for spring), or
  • 4-month plan (August-November for fall and January-April for spring)

Information on payment plan options and SAC can be found at the Student Account Center.

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Returned Checks

A $30 charge will be assessed for each returned check paid directly to Williams or any payment through the Student Account Center. A cashier check or money order may be required as payment for a returned check.

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Outside Scholarships/Employer Tuition Benefit Plans

Students who receive a scholarship that was not awarded through the Financial Aid Office, or an employer tuition benefit plan, must complete a Scholarship Information Sheet and submit it to the Financial Aid Office by May 30. Provisional credit will be posted to the term bill. If actual payment for the provisional credit is not received by the date anticipated, the provisional credit will expire and be removed from a student’s account creating a balance due.

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Loans

The Financial Aid Office has information about loan options available to parents.

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Outstanding Balances

Accounts that are not paid in full by the due date may be assessed a $250.00 late fee. This includes accounts which have a balance due to a late loan application or the failure of the student or parent to sign promissory notes on a timely basis.

A student with an outstanding balance may be held from the following activities:

  • Returning to campus for new semester
  • Pre-registration for following semester
  • Drop/add for current semester
  • Housing lottery for next semester
  • Parking lottery for next semester

Upon graduation, all outstanding balances must be paid, and all books and materials must be returned to the Library, before a student is entitled to a degree or a transcript.

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Refund Policy

Federal regulations require that all educational institutions disclose their refund policy to all prospective students. Below is the Williams College Refund Policy for the 2019-20 academic year:

Fall Semester 2019 Spring Semester 2020
Withdrawal Date % Refunded Withdrawal Date
Prior to the start of classes 9/5 100% tuition, room, board Prior to the start of classes 2/5
9/5-9/11   90% tuition, board only* 2/5-2/1
9/12-/18   80% tuition, board only 2/12-2/18
9/19-9/25   70% tuition, board only 2/19-2/25
9/26-10/2   60% Tuition, board only 2/26-3/3
10/3-10/9   50% Tuition, board only 3/4-3/10
10/10-10/16   40% Tuition, board only 3/11-3/17
10/17-10/23   30% Tuition, board only 3/18-3/24
10/24-10/30   20% Tuition, board only 3/25-3/31
After 10/30  No refund After 3/31

*Housing and miscellaneous fees are not pro-rated after the start of classes. Coverage under the Williams’ student health insurance plan will continue for the duration of the plan (August 15-August 14).

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Federal Funds Repayment

For students receiving Title IV federal funds, repayment of federal funds on a pro-rata basis will be determined up to the 60% point of the semester per federal regulation. Please note that withdrawal late in the semester could result in a balance owed to Williams for federal aid that must be returned to the program.

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Tuition Insurance

Williams offers a GradGuard™ Tuition Protection Plan which supplements the Williams College Refund Policy in the case of a medical withdrawal.

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Tax Forms

Williams will issue a 1098-T form at the end of each calendar year for the American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning tax credits. The 1098-T should not be used to calculate the amount of scholarship and grant aid that is taxable. These forms will be mailed by January 31 to the student at the permanent address on file.

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Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Title 38 United States Code Section 3679(e) School Compliance Statement

Williams College’s billing policy is compliant with the requirements of 38 USC 3679(e). Any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits will be permitted to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33, and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

  1. The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
  2. 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.

For students under chapter 33, a certificate of eligibility can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) website – eBenefits. For students under chapter 31, a VAF 28-1905 form serves as authorization of benefits.

Williams College will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.

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