For Parents and Families

College is a major investment for every student and every student’s family. Here we offer a variety of strategies to meet those commitments in manageable and simple ways. Our comprehensive Williams Financial Aid Guide is a great place to start.

Williams’ Fall Term bill is issued each year in mid-July and is due by August 24; the Spring Term bill is issued each year in mid-December and is due by January 8. Learn more about how and when to pay.

Bills are available only through the Student Account Center (SAC), and you will only receive an email notification and have access to them online if your student has given you access to the SAC. Learn how to gain access to our billing system under “Gaining Access to Williams’ Billing System” below. 

Please note that if bills are not paid by the due date there will be a registration hold on the student’s account that restricts the ability to drop or add courses, and a late payment fee may also be assessed.

Many families take advantage of our monthly installment plan, which is administered by Flywire (coming soon). The installment payment plan divides the fall and spring spring term bills into five or four monthly payments each semester.

We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have at [email protected] or 413-597-4396.

  • Williams’ Fall Term bill is issued each year in mid-July and is due by August 24. The Spring Term bill is issued each year in mid-December and is due by January 8. Additional billing statements are sent on a monthly basis with any miscellaneous charges (i.e., EPH Points, lost ID, room openings, library fines, parking violation fines, textbook charges, course packet charges, etc.) or credits (i.e., payments, textbook grants, course packet grants, etc.) that are posted to the student’s account during the course of the term.

  • Family members and others must be invited by the student to register for access to the Student Account Center. To do this, your student must log in to the SAC, click on "Manage Account Access," then click on "+ Add" to create the registration invitation. An email will be sent to the Authorized Participant inviting them to register to use the SAC. Once registered, Authorized Participants will receive an email notification whenever a new billing statement is issued. They can also log in at any time to view the student's billing statements, real-time balance information and account activity, and make online payments.

    Payments can be made through the Student Account Center via ACH payment or credit card (MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express are accepted with a 2.75% convenience fee). To log in to the SAC click here. Payments may also be made via check mailed to the Office of Student Accounts (PO Box 406, Williamstown, MA 01267) or a wire transfer through Flywire (formerly peerTransfer).

    Feel free to email [email protected] with any questions regarding your student account or billing statements.

  • Williams makes student account information and billing statements available online to students and others to whom the student has granted access to view student account information in real-time, to make one-time payments, and to set up installment payment plans and make monthly payments.

    To log in to the SAC click here.

    Incoming first-year students, transfer students, and readmitted students are sent an email in mid-June asking them to register themselves for the SAC.

    Once you are enrolled in the Williams Student Account Center, simply log in and click on the Statements tab to see your current and past billing statements. The statement at the top of the list is the most current one. Click on the statement to view the details. You can make a one-time payment towards your balance or an installment plan payment (if you are enrolled in the installment payment plan for the applicable term) right from the Student Account Center.

    If you wish to pay by check, please send it directly to our office at:

    Williams College
    Office of Student Accounts
    PO Box 406
    Williamstown, MA 01267

    International students may pay via a wire transfer process through Flywire (formerly peerTransfer), which enables you to pay from any country and any bank. Flywire provides excellent foreign exchange rates, allowing you to pay in your home currency (in most cases) and save money as compared to traditional banks. You will also be able to track where your payment is in the transfer process via a student dashboard and an e-mail confirmation will be sent to you when Williams receives your payment. To make a wire payment go here.

  • Williams accepts checks, money orders and electronic transfers from your bank to our bank. Credit card payments (with a convenience fee of 2.99%, $1 minimum) can be accepted from MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express and must be made through the Student Account Center. Credit card payments cannot be accepted at the Office of Student Accounts or over the phone.

  • If your payment was made through the Student Account Center via an ACH, credit card, or installment plan payment, you can log into the Student Account Center and click on the Account Activity tab where you will see the payment transaction posted in real-time. Alternatively, you can call the Office of Student Accounts at 413-597-4396, or email us at [email protected].

  • For families looking for help with their semester payments, trying to maximize savings, or reduce loan debt, Williams offers the Installment Payment Plan administered by Flywire (more information coming soon.)

    Learn about Federal and private loan options.