We meet 100 percent of every student’s demonstrated financial need. More than half of our students receive financial aid, and the average aid package is $47,600 a year.

Need-Blind Admission

Williams has a need-blind admission policy for domestic students, including undocumented students and those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. That means we admit the most qualified and compelling students without regard for their ability to pay—your family’s financial circumstances will never play a role in our admission decision. We consider financial aid money well spent—an investment in our community. While we are not need-blind for international students, nearly 60% of international students at Williams receive financial aid from the College and their financial aid awards average $60,000 annually.

Financial Aid: Tuition and More

There are no hidden costs at Williams. Once you’re here—no matter how much financial aid you receive—you’ll have access to the same opportunities as every other Williams student. Financial aid is portable and can be applied to study away programs as well as Winter Study trips and projects. It covers 100% of the cost of books and course materials so the price of books will never be a factor in the courses you choose. The college also subsidizes most campus events. You’ll attend parties for free, movies for $1, and major concerts and events for less than $5—making the cost of living at Williams far lower than at almost any other campus.

What It Costs

2016-2017 Cost of Attending Williams
Tuition $51,490
Fees $300
Room $6,930
Board $6,760
TOTAL $65,480

Windows on Williams (WOW)

WOW gives high school seniors the opportunity to spend three all-expenses-paid days at Williams. WOW is a selective program open to high school students in the U.S. and Puerto Rico; preference is given to high-achieving students who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit Williams.

WOW participants stay in dorms with current students, attend classes, meet with professors, and learn about our admission process and our extraordinary financial aid program. The dates for this year’s WOW program are September 22-24 and October 13-15.

The WOW application is now closed. Questions? Please email

Williams is a proud QuestBridge partner. QuestBridge is a non-profit organization committed to expanding opportunity in higher education to highly motivated, academically talented, low-income, and underserved youth in America. Our partnership with QuestBridge builds upon a longstanding commitment to making a Williams education available to and affordable for America’s best students, regardless of their financial situation.

Over the course of our eight year partnership with QuestBridge, Williams is thrilled to have welcomed more than 250 QuestBridge Scholars and Finalists to our community.

For more information about QuestBridge, including how to apply via the QuestBridge College Match, please visit

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