College is a major investment for every student and every student’s family. Whether or not you receive financial aid, here are tools to manage expenditures in ways that respond to your particular circumstances throughout your undergraduate education. Our comprehensive Guide to Financing Your Williams College Education 2015-2016 is a great place to start.
When to Pay
Williams’ Fall Term bill is issued each year in mid-July and is due by August 15. The Spring Term bill is issued each year in mid-December and is due by January 15. 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.
How to Pay
Williams uses Tuition Management Systems’ Student Account Center (SAC) to make 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.
For a brief demonstration on how to use the SAC go 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 starting with the Fall 2014 term bill. 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 Bursar’s Office
PO Box 406
Williamstown, MA 01267
International students may pay via a wire transfer process called peerTransfer, which enables you to pay from any country and any bank. PeerTransfer 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.
Allowing Others to Access Your Account and Make Payments
You, the student, can invite an unlimited number of authorized users to register for the SAC to have access to your student account information. Each authorized user will receive an email when the monthly billing statement is ready for viewing and payment. We encourage you to invite as an authorized user any person who typically views and/or pays your term bills. You’ll find easy instructions on how to do so in SAC
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 2.99% convenience fee). Payments may also be made via check mailed to the Bursar’s Office (PO Box 406, Williamstown, MA 01267) or a wire transfer through peerTransfer. Installment payment plans through TMS can be set up through the Student Account Center for the fall and/or spring terms.
Feel free to email email@example.com with any questions regarding your student account or billing statements.
What Types of Payment Are Accepted?
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 Bursar’s office or over the phone.
How can I verify that a payment has been received?
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 Bursar’s Office at 413-597-4396, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Installment Payment Plan
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 Tuition Management Systems. This payment plan allows families to spread semester expenses over five monthly payments each semester. (Payment Plan Schedule: Fall Semester: 5 monthly payments from June 1 through October 1; Spring Semester: 5 monthly payments from November 1 through March 1.) Your only cost for this service is a $40 per semester enrollment fee if enrolling on or before July 14 for fall semester or December 14 for spring semester. There is a $60 per semester enrollment fee if you enroll after July 14 for fall semester or after December 14 for spring semester. To enroll or for more information, contact Tuition Management Systems at https://williams.afford.com/
or call 888-216-4258.