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Undergraduate Aid Application Instructions

NOTE: The CSS Profile and FAFSA are only necessary if you are seeking need-based financial aid. Merit funds are evaluated and awarded by The Office of Admission.


Every student applying to William & Mary is encouraged to apply for financial aid. The first step is to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal aid. Entering new and transfer students are strongly encouraged to complete the CSS Profile to consider all aid programs. The College Board has information on the process of completing the CSS Profile (1-844-202-0524). The CSS Profile does have a cost associated with each profile that is submitted. If you are eligible, the College Board will offer a fee waiver to applicants that meet certain criteria. W&M does not provide CSS Profile fee waivers. 

We will not request the CSS Non-Custodial Parent Profile (Household B) at this time. Upon receipt of your application, we will determine if you qualify for grants (federal, state, and W&M), institutional grants, federal work-study, or federal student loans. We will put together a personal aid package based on your eligibility. Please note that notices of awards and revisions will be sent to the students only. It is important to have them check not only the e-mail provided on the Common or Coalition Application but also their assigned William & Mary e-mail. We also mail a printed award letter to the home address provided. 

You should check our list of common FAFSA application errors before completing the FAFSA.

In order to be considered for Title IV federal aid, you must meet all eligibility requirements.

The primary responsibility for financing an undergraduate college education rests with students and their parents. Eligibility for financial aid is based on the following formula:

Basic Need Formula for Financial Aid

Two important things to note

  1. The total amount of financial aid students receive, including outside resources such as scholarships and employee tuition benefits cannot exceed their cost of attending the College.
  2. It is possible for students' EFC to be greater than their cost of attending the College; in this case, they do not demonstrate eligibility for need-based financial aid. However, financial aid programs such as the Direct Unsubsidized Loan, the Direct Parent PLUS Loan, and private loans are available to students regardless of their financial need.
Information for:

Assistance is also available for:

  • Summer School
  • Study Away
  • Health Insurance
  • Laptop Computer - Please note that we cannot provide full assistance for the purchase of a Macbook, as it is more expensive than the average cost of a pc. We can provide additional loan eligibility for that average expense plus peripheral devices (not tablets) up to $1920 including loan fees. To request the laptop increase, you must provide either a paid receipt/bill of sale or price sheet outlining the cost along with the one time budget increase request form from the student. It is important to note, that we can only do a computer increase once per student. However, if you are continuing to graduate school at W&M or your first computer suffers a catastrophic event, please check with our office to determine if you can be considered for another increase.

    • The request for Laptop Computer Increase can include the cost of a printer and other necessary peripherals, however it does not cover software, apps, tablets, speakers, etc.

    • Request will not result in additional grant funds for the student, but in an increased budget that will allow for additional borrowing in some cases of loan funds.
    • You will need to submit to our office, a paid receipt or an invoice outlining the cost of the computer purchase along with the One-Time Computer Expense/Budget Increase Request Form.