Finances and Financial Aid

No tuition is paid to Williams College when you study away on an approved program. However, there is a mandatory $1,500 Study Away fee for all students. Financial Aid will cover this fee for eligible students.

You are encouraged to apply to any scholarships available in order to help offset the costs of the study away program. You should inquire about these opportunities from your program directly.

If you are attending the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford (WEPO) or the Williams-Mystic Program, you will pay Williams tuition with no Study Away fee applied.

Financial Aid

 Students receiving Financial Aid from Williams are encouraged to study away. Financial aid eligibility can be applied to any program, provided the program and plan receives approval from the International Education and Study Away Office and the Committee on Academic Standing (CAS).

The Financial Aid application process is outlined on the Financial Aid website. A separate Study Away Budget Proposal must be submitted once you have been accepted to your program and the estimated costs are firm.

The Office of Financial Aid will use your study away budget, up to the cost of attending Williams (whichever is lower) to determine your level of need for Williams scholarship assistance. You will not receive more Williams scholarship if your budget is higher than the cost of attending Williams. However, it may be possible to offset a higher cost by increasing the student loan component of your package.

Your family contribution, including your student summer earnings expectation, remains the same proportionally as if you were attending Williams. A less expensive program of study does not affect your family contribution (unless the cost of your program is less than your family contribution).

Your award is based on your study away budget less your family contribution. Your total self-help (loan and job) expectations will be the same as if at Williams. Whenever possible, we will replace the normal job expectation with additional student loan. In those cases where the study away budget is significantly lower than the Williams budget the loan component will be reduced proportionately.

Financial Aid recipients should be sure to:

  • Attend the required Financial Aid information meeting for study away students.
  • Complete all necessary forms at the appropriate listed times.
  • Keep the Office of Financial Aid informed of any changes or updates.

Please contact Ann E. Lundhild in The Office of Financial Aid with any questions specific to financial aid and study away.