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 $46,714 a year.

Need-Blind Admission

Williams has a need-blind admission policy for domestic students. 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.

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

2014-2015 Cost of Attending Williams
Tuition $48,030
Fees 280
Room 6,460
Board 6,300
TOTAL $61,070

Windows on Williams (WOW)

If you’re in the high school graduating class of 2015 and from a low-income, first-generation or traditionally underrepresented background, we encourage you to apply for WOW.  During the three-day WOW program, students have the opportunity to attend sessions that shed light on admission and financial aid polices, interact with faculty and staff, stay in a student dormitory, and enjoy performances by student groups.  Williams covers all program expenses for WOW, including travel to and from campus, meals, and overnight accommodations in a dorm with a current student. Due to the short duration of the program, we are only able to invite students who are attending school in the United States and Puerto Rico. Also note that preference is given to applicants who demonstrate financial need.

If you have questions about WOW please email

Click here to learn more about WOW and begin an application.


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

For more information on Williams’ partnership with QuestBridge, please contact Twink Williams Burns.