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A Culture of Care
Read Smith’s plans for the fall 2020 semester
and the college’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CARES Act

In accordance with interim reporting requirements issued by the Department of Education under Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Smith College is providing the following information:

  1. Smith College acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES Act. The institution further certifies it will use a minimum of 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. Smith College received $2,119,895 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under section 18004(c) of the CARES Act.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of June 12, 2020, is $1,050,210.
  4. The estimated total number of students at Smith College eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,892.
  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,667 as of the date listed in number 3 above.
  6. Smith College issued emergency assistance funding to every student (traditional, Ada, and graduate) who was enrolled in spring 2020 (including seniors) who had filed a FAFSA demonstrating eligibility for Title IV funds with the following exception. Smith College will not award funds to students whose estimated family contribution exceeds $75,000 using the Profile when available and the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) when a CSS PROFILE was not provided. Each student who qualifies will receive a payment for $630. Smith College will continue to work with students in hardship situations and award the remaining funds on a case-by-case basis until funds are exhausted.
  7. Instructions provided by Smith College to students concerning the Emergency Aid Grants are available in this letter to students dated June 3, 2020.