Payment Plans & Parent Loans

Payment Plans

Williams offers two 5-month payment plans (one for the fall and one for the spring) through Tuition Management Systems (TMS). You can use the Expense Planner worksheet on page 3 in the Williams Financing Guide to calculate a monthly payment that’s affordable for you.

The Williams Payment Plan allows families to pay each semester bill in 5 equal monthly payments from June to October for the fall semester and from November to March for the spring semester, rather than twice a year before each term begins. There is an administrative fee of $40 per semester (total $80 for the academic year), but no interest charge.

Parent Loans

The PLUS is a federal loan program. Parents are eligible to borrow up to the cost of education less all financial aid.  There is no income limit, although there is a credit check.  Repayment begins within 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed, but payments can be extended up to ten years and beyond.

Federal Direct Plus Loan

Williams is a participant in the Federal Direct Loan Program.

  • For loans disbursed between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, the interest rate will be 7.21% FIXED. The interest rate can be reduced by 0.25% if the borrower enrolls in the Automatic Monthly Payment service.
  • For loans first disbursed after July 1, 2014 and before October 1, 2014 a 4.288% origination fee is deducted from the loan at disbursement; for loans with a first disbursement on or after October 1, 2014, the origination fee to be deducted from each disbursement has not yet been set by Congress.
  • For loans disbursed after July 1, 2008, payment can be deferred while the student is enrolled as at least a half-time student but the interest must be paid quarterly or it will be added to the principal of the loan. The parent borrower must request this option from the Direct Loan Servicer after the loan has been applied to the student’s account.

To apply, review the full instructions and information, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the application and promissory note on the Department of Education’s loan website. You can apply for a PLUS loan for 2014-2015 after May 15, 2014; we begin processing 2014-2015 loans in early July.

Private Loan Certification

If your family intends to borrow a private education loan, you may need to complete the Private Loan Self-Certification Form. Send completed forms directly to your lender.

More on Paying for College

Should my family take out a home equity loan to finance my education?

Today, with interest rates relatively low, the most frequently used college financing plan is a home equity loan, through which a homeowner borrows for college costs using the equity in his home. The principal advantage is that the interest paid on a home equity loan can be deducted from taxable federal income, which is not always possible with other types of education loans.

As a student, how can I help finance my education if my family does not qualify for aid?

You can borrow from the government through the Stafford Loan program, and you may be able to hold a campus job. Federal Direct Stafford Loans are available to all students, whether or not they qualify for need-based financial aid. Priority for campus jobs at Williams is given to financial aid recipients, but some of the campus jobs are filled by students who are not receiving aid.