Scholarships / Financial Aid

What types of scholarships are offered?
What merit based scholarships are offered?
Is there a separate application for merit based scholarships?
How do I inquire about athletic scholarships?

What types of scholarships are offered at W&M?

W&M is primarily a need-based institution in terms of financial assistance for students. The College offers need-based aid through the Office of Financial Aid. To apply for need-based federal financial aid, students must complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) by March 1.  Students are strongly encouraged to complete the CSS Profile by March 1 to receive consideration for any additional aid programs. The Financial Aid office distributes three different types of aid including federal and state grants, federal family educational loans and college work study. Read more aboutfinancial aid opportunities

The Office of Admission offers three different types of merit based scholarships including the James Monroe Scholarship, 1693 Scholarship and the William and Mary Scholarship. No additional application is necessary. To read more about merit-based scholarships, see FAQ: "What merit-based scholarships are offered?"

W&M offers athletic scholarships in most varsity sports. Applicants interested in athletic scholarships should contact the coach directly to begin the recruitment process. Please refer to the Athletic website for more information.
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What merit-based scholarships are offered?

W&M offers three different types of merit based scholarships for our incoming students: the James Monroe Scholarship, the 1693 Scholarship and the William and Mary Scholarship.

The James Monroe Scholar designation is awarded each year to approximately the top 5% of the incoming class. All applicants are considered for this program and no separate application is needed. This is not a tuition relief program, but Monroe Scholars receive a research stipend of $3,000 to explore an academic area of their choice. Other benefits to this program include a special housing option during freshman year, in the Monroe Residence Hall; they are given special consideration in the appointment of freshman advisors; are given priority registration for freshman seminars; and are invited to take part in a series of additional seminars. Read more about the Monroe Scholar program.

1693 Scholars will receive significant financial awards: Virginia tuition, fees, room and board annually for in-state residents and Virginia tuition, fees, room and board annually for out-of-state residents. In addition to their scholarship funding, 1693 Scholars will receive stipends of $2,500 for each of two summers to support independent projects they have developed. These may involve travel, research or a range of creative or service-oriented endeavors. Read more about the 1693 Scholar program.

The William & Mary Scholars Award is presented each year to a small group of academically distinguished students who have overcome unusual adversity and/or are members of underrepresented groups who would contribute to campus diversity.  Many will be the first members of their families to attend college.  Awards are worth the amount of in-state tuition each year. Selection is made from all those who apply for admission; no separate application is required.  William & Mary Scholars can also participate in the WMSURE Program.
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Is there a separate application for merit based scholarships?

There are no additional applications for merit-based scholarships with the exception of the 1693 Scholars Program which requires an additional essay.
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How do I inquire about athletic scholarships?

W&M offers athletic scholarships in most varsity sports. Applicants interested in athletic scholarships should contact the coach directly to begin the recruitment process. Please refer to the Athletic website for more information.
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