Welcome from the Wellesley Students’ Aid Society!
The Wellesley Students’ Aid Society, Inc. (WSAS) has a rich heritage dating back to the founding of Wellesley College and the belief that all women should have access to education regardless of means. Founded in 1878 for the purpose of providing funds for women who could not afford a Wellesley education, WSAS was incorporated as an independent nonprofit in 1916, giving it the flexibility to provide aid when and where students need it most.
Nearly two-thirds of all Wellesley students receive some form of help from WSAS in the form of tuition grants and loans, emergency funds for students facing unforeseen difficulties, textbook support for all students on financial aid, and short-term, no-interest loans. Through the generous contributions of alumnae and friends, we are able to distribute more than $1 million each year to support students from all walks of life.
We hope you will take the time to explore this site to learn more about WSAS and to discover ways in which you can help us in our mission to provide assistance to Wellesley’s amazing students.
A message from Jamie Sabino '75, WSAS President
Dear Friends of the Wellesley Students’ Aid Society,
It is a cliché to say that this has been a year like no other—for WSAS, for Wellesley College, and for all of us. But clichés can come from a place of truth. Another truth is that WSAS stepped up in a huge way to safeguard Wellesley College students at a time when they needed it most.
Here are just a few highlights of the impact we’ve made on students’ lives over the past year:
WSAS gave $50,000 to the college for immediate support at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, including assistance for students who had to leave campus abruptly.
The new WSAS Emergency Fund for Students boosted WSAS funding for housing and food assistance, storage and moving costs, technology support for remote learning, emergency assistance for students affected by extreme weather, and medical, dental, and mental health care.
Winter clothing grants totaling $5,000 helped keep students warm while the beloved Clothes Closet was shuttered for the pandemic.
Two new Residential Resource Closets allowed students to get toiletries, sanitary items, and other personal necessities for free.
All of this was in addition to funding provided by WSAS’s established tuition and other aid programs:
WSAS pledged $680,000 in tuition grants and $600,000 in tuition loans to bring a great Wellesley College education in reach for students from all walks of life.
Students on financial aid received $140,000 in gift cards for books and other learning essentials.
WSAS Student Services Grants continued to support innovative programs to meet emerging student needs, with 29 grants totaling more than $120,000 since the program began in 2019.
All of this work was made possible by your generous support.
I’d also like to give special thanks to WSAS Executive Director Catherine Kefalas and Assistant Director Kat Longee, who moved quickly to adapt to changing needs and implement critical responses.
In a year like no other, WSAS and our allies rose to the challenge. Your continued support helps ensure that strong Wellesley women from each new class have the freedom to succeed. Please consider making a gift today!