CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

May 12, 2020

Dear Students,

I hope the semester is ending well and that you and your loved ones are healthy. I write with important information about a new source of funding that we hope will be of assistance as you navigate the changes that COVID-19 has brought to all of our lives and as you continue to work with diligence to stay on track to reach your graduation and career goals.

The Colleges have recently been granted access to CARES Act funding from the federal government. These funds are to be distributed directly to students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus. Only students eligible to receive federal financial aid (Title IV funds) can receive CARES Act funds. Students are eligible for Title IV funds if they are United States citizens, have a valid Social Security Number and, if they are males over the age of 18, have completed their Selective Service registration.

In order to receive these grants, students should complete the application for funding by May 22, 2020. On this form, please indicate the nature of the expenses you have incurred due to the disruption of campus operations. As described by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, these expenses may include but are not limited to “…food, housing, course materials, technology and child care.” At Hobart and William Smith, depending on the volume of applications we receive, we estimate that the size of grants could range from $300 to $2,000.

How can you use these funds? Some students have indicated a need to take summer classes, since the move to remote learning was challenging for them. Others have lost important off-campus employment opportunities that would have assisted with educational expenses. Still others have worries about their ability to fund books or other materials when the fall semester begins. In short, CARES Act grants will be disbursed directly to students to use how they choose.

Frequently Asked Questions, also found on the COVID-19 web page, provide more information regarding the CARES Act. If you have additional questions about your eligibility to apply for and receive CARES Act funds, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (315) 781-3315 or finaid@hws.edu.

As always, should you need assistance of any kind, please reach out to me or to one of the Deans. We are always here for you.

Best wishes,

John W. Young
Vice President and Dean of Admissions

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Main Page
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Messages to the Community

Update on Fall Reopening by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - June 24, 2020

HWS Return to Campus Update for Employees Sonya Williams - June 11, 2020

Fall 2020 Study Abroad by Mary Coffey and Thomas D’Agostino - June 5, 2020

Planning Underway for our Fall Opening by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - May 28, 2020

Forward, Together by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - May 12, 2020

Using the CARES Act to Stay on Track for Graduation by John Young - May 12, 2020

Updates from Campus by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - April 27, 2020

An Update to Parents and Family Members of Admitted Students by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - April 27, 2020

Greetings from Human Resources by Sonya Williams - April 15, 2020

Grading for Spring 2020 Semester by Mary Coffey - March 30, 2020

Timeliness and Timelessness of an HWS Education by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - March 27, 2020

Introducing the HWS Student Emergency Fund by Julie Bazan ’93 and Rick Solomon ’75, P’10 - March 24, 2020

Staff Telework Resources by Sonya Williams - March 24, 2020

Message Regarding Commencement by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - March 20, 2020

Postponed: HWS Reunion by Bob O’Connor P’22 - March 19, 2020

Updates Regarding On-Campus Housing by Robb Flowers - March 19, 2020

Updates Regarding On-Campus Housing and Services by Robb Flowers - March 17, 2020

A Massive Natural Experiment by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - March 16, 2020

With Gratitude by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Face-to-Face Instruction Canceled by Mary Coffey and Robb Flowers - March 13, 2020

Follow-Up Note on Colleges’ Response to Coronavirus by Mary Coffey and Robb Flowers - March 11, 2020

From the Dean of Spiritual Engagement by The Reverend Nita C. Johnson Byrd - March 12, 2020

Coronavirus Information and Contingency Planning by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - March 10, 2020

An Update on the Coronavirus by Mary Coffey and Robb Flowers - March 5, 2020

Information on the Coronavirus by Mary Coffey and Robb Flowers - February 28, 2020

CONTACT

General questions and comments should be directed to:

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

Questions regarding health issues should be directed to:

Hubbs Health Center
119 St. Clair Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: 315-781-3600
Appt. Phone: 315-781-4530
Fax: 315-781-3802