Wednesday, July 10, 2019

All-Expenses-Paid Visits for High School Seniors to Williams College

All-Expenses-Paid Visits for High School Seniors
Please encourage your students to apply for the 2019 Windows on Williams (WOW) program by either our July 1 or August 1 deadline. WOW provides more than 200 high-achieving seniors the opportunity to spend three all-expenses-paid days on campus. Preference will be given to students who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit.

We offer two deadlines to give students flexibility: Students who want to hear from us by July 20 should apply by the July 1 deadline; those who want to hear by August 20 should apply by August 1. Please contact us with any questions.

Major Financial Aid Additions
In addition to our longstanding practices of meeting 100% of demonstrated need and providing free textbooks and course materials to all financial aid recipients, I’m thrilled that we were able to announce the following series of initiatives over the last year to provide even greater support for Williams students:
  • Our new “Free Summer” initiative gives students the opportunity to select up to two summers during their Williams career when their summer earnings contribution will be replaced by additional grant funding from the college.We hope this new policy will allow students to consider educationally valuable but unpaid or low-paid summer opportunities that they otherwise couldn’t.
  • The Williams Health Insurance Grant now covers the full cost of health insurance for all aid recipients who don’t have insurance that meets the college’s requirements. Students also have access to an Emergency Medical Fund to cover the cost of unanticipated medical expenses like new eyeglasses, emergency dental care, etc. 
  • All financial aid recipients now get free storage for their personal belongings during summers and study abroad.
  • Through the First Yard Fund, incoming first-years with the greatest financial need will receive a $300 startup grant in mid-July to help them buy personal items they need for college, like a winter coat and boots, dorm room supplies, etc.
To get a sense of how affordable Williams can be, check out MyinTuition. In less than two minutes students can complete six questions and get an accurate and individualized sense of cost and financial aid.

We Hope to See You This Year!
Whether it’s on the road or on campus, we’re always eager to connect in person. If you’re planning a college tour and want to visit Williams, please let us know. We welcome visits at any time of year and offer travel stipends to high schools and community-based organizations who serve low-income students. If you’re interested in learning about how you and your students can connect with Williams in your area, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with your regional admission officer.