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Welcome to the Net Price Calculator

Welcome to the Net Price Calculator for Williams College! You've come to the right place. We're happy you are beginning to explore how to plan and pay for your college education. Using the net price calculator, you can estimate your eligibility for financial aid from Williams and other schools to which you plan to apply and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses and determine how much might be expected from you and your family. Rather than shy away from applying to colleges that seem to be out of your price range, results from the net price calculator will show you how affordable those institutions may be. 

The calculator is designed to give you an early estimate of how much and what types of financial aid you might qualify for if you were a college freshman attending Williams full-time in the academic year indicated. It is a tool which we hope will give you a clear picture of options and opportunities so you can make more informed decisions about your college choices.

As you use the calculator, please remember: 

  1. The results will only be as reliable as the data you provide. Please refer to the “Helpful Information” section on the right side of each page.
  2. If your natural parents are divorced or separated, you should complete the calculator separately with each parent’s financial information to estimate the expected contribution for each parent.
  3. If either parent is self-employed, it is important to note that losses and depreciations allowed for tax purposes may not be considered in the financial aid calculations. Please see the “Helpful Information” sections on the side of each page for more details.
  4. The net price calculator will only give you an estimate of your net price and aid eligibility based on the information you self-report. The financial aid office will formulate your actual financial aid award based on the forms and information you will submit with your financial aid application (see below).
  5. You must complete the CSS PROFILE and submit all required documents by the deadlines outlined on the Applying for Financial Aid section of the Williams website.
  6. You must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 of the year you plan to attend college.
  7. Williams does not offer merit-based, athletic or academic scholarships. Williams believes strongly that its funds should be used to fully meet the demonstrated need of each of its financial aid students. Therefore, all financial aid awards at Williams are based on need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Completing the calculator should take no more than 20 minutes of your time. You will need to answer some basic questions about your parents' financial situation so it might be helpful to have recent tax forms or pay stubs on hand before you begin.

Please feel free to contact our office with any questions as you continue through the financial aid process!

  • 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 will meet 100% of demonstrated need for all students. We consider financial aid money well spent—an investment in our community.

Even if you're not going to college in the near future, the net price calculator will still be helpful. Younger students and their parents can use this tool to learn about college costs and receive early financial aid information. You can create "what if" scenarios based on expected family income and anticipated expenses, and start to plan and save well before applying to college. 

Colleges have different resources and financial aid policies, so your "net price" will vary from institution to institution. Also, special circumstances are considered by financial aid offices on a case-by-case basis. If your situation is unusual, we encourage you to provide information about your unique circumstances directly to the financial aid office at Williams and the colleges to which you are applying.

When you're ready to begin, you can sign in with your College Board user name and password or use the calculator as a guest. The advantage of signing in is that the information you enter will be saved in your account, so you can use it again and again to calculate your net price at Williams and other colleges of interest. Your information will remain secure and will have no bearing whatsoever on your future application for admission & financial aid. Good luck!

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