May 12, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
John W. Young
Vice President and Dean of Admissions