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Our commitment to Virginia students

Making a smart decision about your future involves balancing financial options with long-term benefits — and we are committed to making our top-ranked W&M education affordable for in-state residents. 

For all Virginia residents:
  • 100% of demonstrated financial need is typically met
  • Total cost of attendance is frequently one-half that of top private universities
  • $22,103 is the average annual in-state need-based grant award
  • Lowest average net price among public four-year universities in Virginia for in-state students with family income of less than $110,000
  • 18% of in-state students receive Pell grants
  • Only 33% of W&M students graduate with debt (compared to 60% for all Virginia students)

Benefits of a W&M Education

The Pell Grant Guarantee

All in-state, Pell-eligible students will automatically receive scholarship assistance to cover at least tuition and fees, as well as any additional demonstrated financial need beyond that (as determined through the FAFSA and CSS Profile).

For In-State First-Year Students in 2022-2023

  • 72 %

    Received some type of aid

  • 54 %

    Received need-based aid

  • $ 27,503

    Average need-based aid offer


Luis de los Santos quote

“As a first-generation American college student, I was able to experience some of the finest educational opportunities available; all the while not having to worry about crippling debt.”

Luis de los Santos ’22, psychology and computer science double major