Financial Aid Instructions for U.S. Military Veterans

Williams welcomes applicants who've served our country in the U.S. military. We seek the most exceptional candidates regardless of financial need, and we promise to meet 100 percent of each admitted student’s demonstrated financial need for their entire career at Williams. Veterans who are eligible for VA education benefits will be considered independent students.

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. 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.

For students who are admitted and plan to use their Yellow Ribbon benefit, you should send your Certificate of Eligibility to Angie Copeland, Records Coordinator and Technology Assistant in the Registrar's Office. You can email her at acopelan​@williams​.edu.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at