Financial Aid 2021-11-04T14:19:31-04:00


Learn about ways to pay for college, apply for aid, understand your aid and bill, and maintain your eligibility.

Financial Aid General Information


    Learn more about how financial aid works and the types available.


Grants (e.g. Federal Pell, Pennsylvania State Educational) are need-based financial aid awards that do not have to be paid back, as long as you attend financial aid eligible classes.


Williamson College of the Trades offers a variety of scholarships. 100% of students attending Williamson receive a need-based scholarship to offset Tuition and Room/Boarding costs. Additionally, Williamson, through its generous friends and alumni, sponsors a number of additional merit-based scholarships each academic year. All scholarship award information will be included in the student’s Financial Aid Award Letter. Williamson does not require the student to pay back any scholarship award amount.

Fostering Independence through Education Act

In 2019, the Pennsylvania Department of Education established the Fostering Independence through Education Act to aid residential students who have been in foster care. Students who may be eligible for this program should contact Gretchen Skipworth, Director of Financial Aid or Jay Merillat, Vice President of Enrollment Management for program details and application assistance


    Find out about requirements and the steps to receiving your financil aid.

Steps to Receiving Financial Aid

Getting financial aid is easy when you follow the Financial Aid checklist and stay on top of important dates and deadlines.

  1. Complete the FAFSA
  2. Monitor your correspondence from Williamson
  3. Review your Student Financial Aid Award Letter
  4. Accept or decline your offered Financial Aid package
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Making the decision to pursue a degree is a big step, and there are many factors to consider when choosing where to enroll. The following resources are available to assist with comparing cost, financial assistance, and outcomes.

  • Created and hosted by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Compare information on cost, retention rates, and other critical data

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  • Estimates your cost and financial aid, according to the info you provide
  • Currently only available for undergraduate programs

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