Financial Literacy Resources

Williams has partnered with to offer free, online financial education resources. Go to and click “Register Now” under “Students” to start taking charge of your finances!

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Fall 2016 Book Grant

For the Fall 2016 semester, the swipe card system at Water Street Books will be in place from Monday, August 29 through Friday, October 14. Course textbooks are located in the rear of Water Street Books. Books from the front of the store, even if they are the same as course textbooks, are coded differently and will not work in the process.

Here’s how it works:

  • First: Select from the back of the store the books REQUIRED for the courses you’re enrolled in. Make sure that you select only 1 copy of each book and that you select the correct book for your course and section.
  • Second: Give the Cashier your Williams ID. If you misplace your Williams ID, you will be able to use the system the day after you get a replacement from Campus Safety. Be sure to save your original itemized receipts; you will need these if you must return books.
  • Third: Your book charges will be applied to your student account the day after your Water Street Book purchase. A book grant, in the exact amount of the charge for your REQUIRED textbooks, will be applied to your student account during the week of September 26, 2016. Recommended books or books purchased for a course you plan to audit will not be covered by the book grant.

If you change a course after you have purchased your books, you should, as soon as possible, return the books from the dropped course and acquire the books for the added course. You will need your Williams ID and your original receipt to receive credit for them. All such transactions for the fall 2016 semester must be completed by Friday, September 23, 2016. Books returned after that can’t be credited to your student account and will not qualify for the book grant. Please note that the Water Street Books return policy remains in place – deadlines for full refunds are September 23 or 48 hours after purchase thereafter. Please read the refund information policy slip given with each purchase.

If you are not sure that you will remain in the course, do not write in your books. If you return a book that was new when purchased but you have written in it, you will be credited for a used book; the cost difference will not be covered by the book grant.

If you are enrolled in an independent study / thesis or MCLA/Bennington College course, complete and submit the appropriate form.

Winter Study 2017

It’s time to start thinking about your Winter Study plans! Check out the Winter Study page for details about how financial aid works with each type of course or project.  If you need more detailed information please stop by the office, email, or call us.

Financial Aid Footnotes – Fall 2016 editions

The November edition of our Financial Aid Footnotes newsletter (for all class years) is out! Click here to see it.

The Sept/Oct edition of the Financial Aid Footnotes newsletter was emailed to students on September 30th. You can click these links to see each edition – Seniors , Juniors, Sophomores, and First Years.

2016-17 Current / Returning Student Application Process

The deadline for current / returning students to apply for financial aid for the 2016-2017 academic year is April 25, 2016.   You can download complete instructions and information about the application process.  Other information specific to current returning students can be found here as well. For US citizens and permanent residents: download the information and

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A Message for Newly Enrolled Students and Families

The Office of Financial Aid extends our warm welcome to all new Williams students and families! If you have already received a finalized financial aid award from us, you do not need to take any further action until you receive your personalized information packet in late June. This will be mailed to your home address.

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Yellow Ribbon

The Williams institutional match for Yellow Ribbon benefit recipients is “unlimited”. Please click here for details about the Yellow Ribbon program at Williams.

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Welcome QuestBridge Class of 2021!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Williams! Here are some important details about the financial aid award you just received: Click here for information about your Family Contribution Click here for information about your Financial Aid Package Click here for information about your Outside Scholarship Treatment Click here for information about Financing Options Is your application

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