Williams College Refund Policy & Tuition Refund Insurance

Federal regulations require that all educational institutions disclose their refund policy to all prospective students. In accordance with that regulation, below is the Williams College Refund Policy for the 2020-2021 academic year. Spring dates have been updated as of January 19th and are subject to change.

Fall Semester, 2020
Date of Withdrawal
Amount Refunded Spring Semester, 2021
Date of Withdrawal
Prior to start of classes Sep. 10 100% tuition, room, board Prior to start of classes Feb. 17
Week 1: Sep. 10 – 16 90% tuition, board only* Feb. 17 – 24
Week 2: Sep. 17 – 23 80% tuition, board only Feb. 25 – March 3
Week 3: Sep. 24 – 30 70% tuition, board only March 4 – 10
Week 4: Oct. 1 – 7 60% tuition, board only March 11 – 17
Week 5: Oct. 8 – 14 50% tuition, board only Mar. 18 – 24
Week 6: Oct. 15 – 21 40% tuition, board only Mar. 25 – 31
Week 7: Oct. 22 – 28 30% tuition, board only April 1 – 7
Week 8: Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 20% tuition, board only April 8 – 14
No refund after November 4, 2020 No refund after April 14 2021

* Housing and miscellaneous fees are not pro-rated after the start of classes. Coverage under the College’s student health insurance plan will continue for the length of the plan (August 15, 2020 – August 14, 2021).

For students receiving Title IV federal funds, repayment of federal funds on a pro-rata basis will be determined up to the 60% point of the semester per federal regulation. Please note that withdrawal late in the semester could result in a balance owed to the college for federal aid that must be returned to the program.

Repayment is first made to federal programs in the following order: Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan, Subsidized Federal Direct Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Iraq Afghanistan Service Grant.  Any remaining credit balance reimburses other sources in the following order: Williams grant, other scholarships, other parent loan programs and family. Specific examples are available on request.

The college offers an optional insurance program to supplement the Williams College Refund Policy in cases of medical withdrawals.  The GradGuardTM insurance program is available to help refund your tuition, room/board charges, and fees, up to the annual policy limits, if the student is unable to complete the semester due to a covered medical reason. GradGuard Tuition Refund Insurance, underwritten by Allianz Global Assistance, reimburses up to 100% of tuition and other related expenses up to the policy limits if a student is unable to complete the semester due to a covered medical event, such as an accident, injury, illness, or mental health issue. Withdrawals based on a mental health issue are subject to a required hospital admittance (no required stay). The plan also includes coverage for the death of a student or tuition payer.

We encourage families to review the information on this optional insurance program carefully to determine if you would benefit from this added protection. Please visit GradGuard for additional information, complete terms and conditions of each benefit, and to enroll. The deadline to enroll for fall term coverage is the first day of fall term classes, which is September 10, 2020. The deadline to enroll for spring term coverage is the first day of spring term classes, which is February 17, 2021.