Financial Aid

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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 in order to be eligible for federal financial aid. Freshman and transfer applicants also must complete the CSS Profile (code number 5115) in order 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 2019 - 20 became available for students to file on October 1, 2018. However please note that you are not required to file this early, as our aid deadlines are quite a bit later than this early filing date. Please refer to our announcement on priority filing dates for further information.

If you are planning to attend summer school at William & Mary, you will need to have a 2018 - 2019 FAFSA on file. Additionally you must submit a Summer Financial Aid Application to our office to start the review process. You should submit these to us no later than three weeks prior to the start of your program/classes. 

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 how to apply for aid as an entering freshman, a continuing student or a graduate student. And check out these helpful links: