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 2015 Book Grant

For the Fall 2015 semester, the swipe card system at Water Street Books will be in place from Thursday, August 27 through Friday, October 9. 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.
  • Third: Your book charges will be applied to your student account and a book grant, in the exact amount of the charge for your REQUIRED textbooks, will be applied to your student account the week of September 28, 2015. 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 2015 semester must be completed by Friday, September 25, 2015. 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 25 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.

Yellow Ribbon

Beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year Williams has increased the institutional match from $5,000 to “unlimited” for Yellow Ribbon benefit recipients.

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2015-16 Current / Returning Student Application Process

The deadline for current / returning students to apply for financial aid for the 2015-2016 academic year is April 24, 2015.   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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Study Away 2015-2016

If you are planning to study away during the 2015-2016 academic year, please visit the Study Away pages, on the website to find out all of the policies and procedures as well as the forms that must be completed and submitted.

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Welcome Class of 2019!

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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Winter Study 2016

It’s time to start thinking about your Winter Study plans! Financial aid policies have change this year, so please check out the Winter Study pages for details about how financial aid works with each type of course / project.  If you need more detailed information please stop by the office!

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Financial Aid Footnotes – Fall 2015 edition

Wondering about winter study? Baffled by your term bill? Trying to understand what your travel budget is? These questions and more are answered in the Financial Aid Footnotes – our Fall Newsletter! There is a different newsletter for each class – Seniors , Juniors, Sophomores, and First Years – but feel free to read them

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