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Williams finaid

tennisgirl08tennisgirl08 238 replies20 threads Junior Member
edited April 2008 in Williams College
I am disappointed with the financial aid offer I received from Williams. How have others found their financial aid offers? I thought that Williams might practice similar policies as Amherst, but comparing the two offers, my family would have to pay $8,500~$9,000 more next year for me to go to Williams over Amherst. I was a bit surprised at the difference...is this common?
edited April 2008
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  • bagpiperbagpiper 95 replies20 threads Junior Member
    Yeah, mine sucked too =(

    $15k more per year than MIT...ah well.
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  • christinawangchristinawang 135 replies57 threads Junior Member
    ..even though williams is need blind to all, for internationals, will Williams be so committed to meeting the full need that if it can not meet the need , it will reject the student or the students can be accepted without enough financial aid.
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  • EphmanEphman 458 replies4 threads Member
    Every school caculates aid differently, in same cases, you will do better at Williams than its peers, in some cases (including yours, alas) worse. Considering both schools now require no loans at all, I am pretty surprised at the difference. But if you really want to attend Williams, don't let the aid offer stop you -- if you have a better offer at Amherst or MIT or anyplace else, definitely show that to the financial aid office and see if they will match -- they may well do so, and it's worth a shot. Don't view this as a final, unmaleable offer, again, especially if you have better offers from peer institutions.
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  • aznfishyaznfishy 539 replies4 threads Member
    ^^ i think they might just accept u & estimate your need as lower than it is
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  • unregisteredunregistered 1177 replies3 threads Senior Member
    Two years ago, Amherst and Williams gave me extremely similar FA packages (and I had to pay 15k less than at the next cheapest school). I'm surprised at that disparity.
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  • sgtpepper08sgtpepper08 522 replies44 threads Member
    I'm disappointed with the Williams package. I have yet to receive my Amherst package but I hope it's better because I don't think I can afford Williams :(
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  • SENI08SENI08 109 replies2 threads Junior Member
    I'm happy with the Williams package.
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  • karagon7karagon7 181 replies11 threads Junior Member
    ^Did any of you apply thru Questbridge?
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  • otaruotaru 57 replies21 threads Junior Member
    i got into comparable schools (swarthmore, amherst, etc) and williams definitely has the lowest finaid offer.
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  • SENI08SENI08 109 replies2 threads Junior Member
    No for the Questbridge thing...I just found them rather generous. Then again, I didn't apply to any comparable schools such as Amherst, etc, so I guess I don't really have a good perspective.
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  • mythmommythmom 8292 replies13 threads Senior Member
    S got the best FA package at Williams. It beat comparable institutions by thousands of dollars, so Ephman is correct.
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  • middsmithmiddsmith 981 replies24 threads Senior Member
    I've received the purple folder, but there is no FA letter inside. Did they send it separately for you guys?
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  • lowfatsourcremelowfatsourcreme 129 replies24 threads Junior Member
    yes, when does williams' financial aid letter come?
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  • stupidmestupidme 44 replies9 threads Junior Member
    yeah, it's a separate letter, expect it within a week. My williams offer was actually the best compared to amherst, swarthmore, duke and dartmouth.
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  • danielcarp17danielcarp17 531 replies43 threads Member
    And my Amherst offer was the worst compared to all my schools (haven't received William's though)
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  • coolcccoolcc 72 replies34 threads Junior Member
    When are we going to learn about our financial aid offer? I'm sick of waiting...
    P.S. I'm an international.
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  • danielcarp17danielcarp17 531 replies43 threads Member
    Is it weird that I was accepted to 10 liberal arts colleges and my worst financial aid packages came from Williams and Amherst? And worst by far.
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  • 2blue2blue 1546 replies58 threads Senior Member
    ^It seems to me you're an international applicant, daniel. That could play a role in it.
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  • danielcarp17danielcarp17 531 replies43 threads Member
    Yes... but I was also an international when many other LAC's accepted me with way better financial aid awards. Furthermore, Williams is supposedly need-blind for internationals and its policy is to meet "100% of demonstrated financial need."
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  • TsenguunTsenguun 1233 replies108 threads Senior Member
    tell us how much if you wouldn't mind.
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