CARES Act

Williams College signed and returned (on May 13th) to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for receipt of the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) for student aid in the amount of $1,564,588. The college’s intent is to use at least 50% of the funds, $782,294, to provide emergency financial aid grants to students (student aid HEERF). The college is also providing similar funds to those who are not deemed eligible under the provisions of the CARES Act but are eligible for Williams financial aid.

  • On July 16, 2020 the college received its distribution of CARES Act funds.
  • All updates will be placed on this webpage at least every 45 days from July 28, 2020.
  • On July 16, 2020, the college began its awarding of CARES Act and institutional funds to eligible students. The block grant awarded to all eligible students is $700.
  • All Title IV and institutionally eligible students (1,008 at the time of the latest reporting) received an email from the Financial Aid Office with instructions on how to acquire CARES Act funds. As of the date of this reporting 872 students ($610,400) have been awarded CARES or institutional funds.
  • The college expects approximately 1,150 students will be eligible during the award period.
  • On July 16, 2020 the College drew down $782,294 of the student aid HEERF, the remaining CARES funding was drawn down on September 14, 2020.
  • The college reserved some funds for late eligible filers and other CARES Act student support related purposes.
  • The college provided student aid HEERF to students who submitted a recent and valid FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to the college’s Financial Aid Office, and that was based on the FAFSA that was on file with the college at the time the college received authorization to distribute the student aid HEERF from the Department of Education.  For those not eligible for file a FAFSA, the College determined eligibility based on its institutional application, The CSS Profile.
  • The amount of student aid HEERF provided to qualified students was determined by their eligibility of institutionally determined financial need.
  • Students were provided with instructions to certify their eligibility for the funds, and the students who received these funds followed those certification requirements.
  • The college will update this information every 45 days from July 28, 2020 until further notice.
  • Last updated:  September 14, 2020