As a public university, William & Mary works hard to keep the cost of our exceptional education affordable, and we commit our resources to need-based aid.
If you have what it takes to be a William & Mary student, the Financial Aid Office will use all available aid sources to help meet as much of your need as possible. Through a combination of financial aid options - including grants, loans, and Federal Work-Study - we will make every effort to keep your loan debt as low as possible.
We typically meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for in-state students, and through the William & Mary Promise, implemented in 2013, we reduced loans and increased grants for entering Virginians. Qualifying out-of-state students may receive up to 25% of their full cost of attendance in grant aid.
All returning students need to complete the FAFSA every year. Our federal school code is 003705. Freshman and transfer applicants must complete the FAFSA to be eligible for federal financial aid. Freshman and transfer applicants also must complete the CSS Profile (school code 5115) to receive any additional need-based financial aid.
Please note that consideration for merit scholarships does not require the submission of either the FAFSA or CSS Profile.
The FAFSA for 2020 - 21 will be available for students to file on October 1, 2019. However be aware, that you are not required to file this early, as our aid deadlines are quite a bit later than this first availability date. Please refer to our announcement on priority filing dates for further information.
If you intend to use financial aid to pay for summer school, you must complete the Summer Financial Aid Application (pdf) no later than 3 weeks before the start of your program. Summer 2020 eligibility will be based on your 2019 - 2020 FAFSA. Please refer to our Summer Aid Announcement for more details.
If you are a new or current student and need assistance in applying for your loans, we suggest that you start at our Loan Application page.
Learn more about how to apply for aid as an entering freshman, a continuing student, or a graduate student. And check out these helpful links:
- Financial Aid FAQ
- Financial Aid Resources
- Contact the Financial Aid Office
- Learn about tuition and fees - please note that the Bursar's Office/Student Accounts sends out the bills; contact them with any billing questions or read the eBill FAQ
- The W&M Tuition Payment Plan is available by the semester
- Refund FAQs - from the Bursar's Office, which sends out all refund checks