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 awarded 100% of the funds in direct grants to students to support emergency needs as well as cost of attendance items like travel and personal expenses.  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 grants to all eligible students is up to $3,400. 
  • As of the time of this reporting, 852 eligible students have applied and been awarded CARES funding exceeding our allocation of $1,564,588. In addition, we have awarded approximately 170 additional institutionally eligible students institutional funds to help with emergency expenses during the pandemic. 
  • The college has awarded its CARES Act funding and has filed a final report as of September 30, 2020.
  • 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 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.
  • Last updated:  October 23, 2020