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
As I sit here writing this note, the campus is donning its beautiful fall colors. I miss being there, especially walking down to see the tupelo trees in their flaming red. This is how I felt in June when our 45th reunion was postponed and I missed the beautiful flowering trees and rhododendrons that are Wellesley’s spring apparel.
But what is not missing from my life—or from the lives of Wellesley’s students—is the Wellesley Students’ Aid Society. I have never been prouder of WSAS as it has stepped up during the crisis wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic to support our students in need.
In March as the campus was closing, the WSAS Board allocated $50,000 for student travel and other emergency costs. Other initiatives were both swift and effective. WSAS created an Emergency Fund for Students and provided new short-term loans and grants for students who lost summer jobs and internships. As students returned, the dedicated WSAS staff adjusted to a virtual world to provide funds for necessities like linens and textbooks via online routes.
This is all in addition to the $1.2 million in tuition assistance and almost $284,000 in additional direct aid to students WSAS provided during the 2019–2020 academic year.
You have made this possible, and your generosity is greatly appreciated. But we know that the needs of students in this difficult time will only increase. So if you wonder how you can still help, as I often do, please visit our secure Donation Page and make a donation so we can continue to bring color and light to the lives of our students.
PS - A special shoutout to WSAS’s Catherine Kefalas and Kat Longee for moving so quickly to determine needs and implement responses, providing immediate relief at a critical time.