Financial Aid Instructions for U.S. Military Veterans

Williams welcomes applicants who've served our country in the U.S. military. We consider veterans' applications without regard to their ability to pay, and we promise to meet 100 percent of each admitted student’s demonstrated financial need for their entire career at Williams. In many cases, the amount we provide will exceed the aid provided by veterans’ benefit programs.

The college automatically waives our application fee for all veteran applicants. If you’ll be applying for financial aid, you need to complete the CSS Profile application (use code 3965). You can also request a fee waiver for the CSS Profile as well. We seek the most exceptional candidates regardless of financial need. Your request for a waiver won’t affect your application and we won’t consider it when making our admission decision.

The following information is provided to help you understand the options available to you as a veteran for financing your Williams education.

Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits

If you’re a student veteran, you have the option to activate your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits toward the cost of attendance at Williams or to defer your benefits and have your full demonstrated need met through a combination of federal, state, private and institutional funds. If you elect to use your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, you’ll be permitted to keep all of your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), with the expectation that you’ll use it toward additional living and personal expenses incurred because of your unique status as a veteran.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Williams is pleased to participate in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, which can be applied toward tuition and fees. Qualified veterans and their dependents are eligible for unlimited Yellow Ribbon institutional matching funds from the college, without limitation on the number of recipients. You may be eligible for Yellow Ribbon funding if you're entitled to the maximum benefit rate, as determined by service requirements, or if you are the designated transferee for an eligible person. The VA website offers additional information to help you understand your eligibility.


  • Complete the Yellow Ribbon Application Form and submit it to the Williams Office of Financial Aid.
  • Submit your eligibility certificate to the Office of the Registrar at Williams. Williams will confirm and then match the amount of your VA-defined Yellow Ribbon benefit.

If you have additional questions or concerns about the how the Yellow Ribbon program benefits may impact your financial aid eligibility, please contact Associate Director of Financial Aid Ann Lundhild at ael2​@williams​.edu or 413.597.4181.