Spring 2020 Room and Board Refunds
4/23/2020 - 2:00 p.m.
On Friday, April 24, one of the most challenging and unusual semesters in the history of our University will come to an end. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided unheard-of disruption to our way of life, with our fellow citizens losing loved ones to this insidious illness or suffering overwhelming stress about their health. Families have been devastated by financial hardship, including job losses, strained budgets, and soaring healthcare costs.
At William Woods, the well-being of our students and their families is paramount. We recognize the incredible adversity many of you are facing concerning the current situation, and continue to pursue measures that will at least partially ease your financial anxiety. So today I am informing you of our latest initiative that we hope will help lessen your burden.
We will be providing pro-rated adjustments to those students who were living in a residence hall and/or enrolled in the campus meal plan for the Spring semester. We officially closed campus on Friday, March 20 while transitioning to an online-only instruction format, allowing students several days to make arrangements to leave campus. Adjustments will be pro-rated based on the departure date of each individual student, including graduating seniors, underclassmen returning in the fall and those students that may not be returning to WWU.
Students should allow university staff several weeks to process the adjustments, which will be applied to student accounts to cover current balances or future charges for the upcoming summer or fall semesters. For more details on these room and board adjustments, students are encouraged to monitor their William Woods email account and our website.
This announcement comes after previous measures we have taken to help ease the financial burden on our WWU families. These include the waiving of all late fees incurred by students for the months of April and May 2020, and the removing of all holds on student accounts, including for balances of up to $3,000 for traditional students and up to $1,000 for graduate or online students, paving the way for immediate registration for fall classes. Please contact the Student Financial Services office at WWU at Financialaid@williamwoods.edu, to set up payment arrangements.
At William Woods, our first priority in this crisis was to ensure the health and well-being of our students. With the semester officially closing and students having departed, we now want to continue to do everything we can to help ensure the financial health of their families and parents.
To Your Health and Safety!
Jahnae H. Barnett